When Mandates Work:

Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

 By: Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs and Miranda Dietz

344 pp


Starting in the 1990s, San Francisco launched a series of bold but relatively unknown public policy experiments to improve wages and benefits for thousands of local workers. Since then, scholars have documented the effects of those policies on compensation, productivity, job creation, and health coverage. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.

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1. When Do Mandates Work?
  -Ken Jacobs and Michael Reich

Part I The Pay Mandates
2. Labor Market Impacts of San Francisco’s Minimum Wage
  -Arindrajit Dube, Suresh Naidu, and Michael Reich
3. Liftoff: Raising Wages at San Francisco Airport
  -Peter Hall, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Reich
4. Living Wage and Home Care Workers -Candace Howes

Part II The Benefit Mandates
5. Health Spending Requirements in San Francisco
  -Carrie Colla, William Dow, and Arindrajit Dube
6. Requiring Equal Benefits for Domestic Partners
  -Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
7. Universal Paid Sick Leave -Vicky Lovell

Part III Making the Mandates Work
8. Enforcement of Labor Standards
-Miranda Dietz, Donna Levitt, and Ellen Love
9. Labor Policy and Local Economic Development -Miriam J. Wells
10. Community Benefit Agreements and Economic Development at Hunters Point Shipyard -Ken Jacobs