Getting it Passed is Only the First Step: Enacting and Enforcing Local Labor Laws

Getting it Passed is Only the First Step: Enacting and Enforcing Local Labor Laws

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Saturday, Jul. 13 2:15 PM

Ends: Saturday, Jul. 13 3:15 PM

Room: 116

The City of Philadelphia has made good strides in passing local labor laws that fill the gaps in worker protection that are unfilled by state and federal labor law. However, the City currently has a very small operation for enforcing these laws, and basically no plan at all to educate low-wage workers in the city about their rights under these new laws. Hear from workers and organizers with Make the Road PA, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, and One Pennsylvania who are working to beef up the city’s enforcement and education operation.

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Kati Sipp

Kati Sipp

Kati Sipp is the Principal of New Working Majority, a consulting firm. She is also the editor of the blog Hack the Union, which focuses on the intersections of work, organizing and technology. Prior to her work with NWM, she served as the Managing Director for the National Guestworkers Alliance. She founded the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Working Families Party, and spent nine years working for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, serving as the statewide Political Director and Executive Vice President of the local.

Kati began working with SEIU in California in 1997, where she was an internal organizer, working with classified school employees. She left California in 1999 to move back to the East Coast, and worked for the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, where she organized mothers who were affected by changes in the state’s welfare policy. After leaving PUP, she spent time as the director of the Jobs with Justice affiliate in Philadelphia, before going back to SEIU.

Kati is the proud mother of Alina and Isaac. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

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