economic justice

Step Up Louisiana organizes in workplaces and in neighborhoods to build the political power our families need to win good jobs and a fair economy for all.


New Orleans has an unacceptable child poverty rate of 44%. Too many working families rely on public assistance to make ends meet, while corporations operating in our state are making record profits. The majority of low-wage earners are people of color and women. At the same time, Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the country and is home to millions of qualified job seekers that are regularly denied a fair shot on job applications because of their arrest history.

Step Up Louisiana addresses these systemic problems by organizing affected communities and building strategic alliances to change policy at all levels of government.

In 2017, we asked all candidates running for for New Orleans Mayor and City Council to sign on to our 3-Point Economic Justice Platform. Many of those elected did. We are excited to make this a reality. 

1) $15 Minimum Wage

  • Raise the minimum pay for all city government employees to $15 per hour.
  • Improve the Living Wage Ordinance for companies that get large city tax breaks and publicly-contracted workers from $11.06 per hour to $15 per hour.

2) Ban the Box Fair Chance

  • Stop all workplace discrimination based on people’s arrest record no matter where they work by passing a resolution to Ban the Box for private employers.

3) Equal Pay for Women

  • Protecting employees who inquire about, discuss or disclose their wages or those of other employees from employer retaliation through a Pay Transparency resolution.