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Partnership for Working Families | October 24, 2012

As the ongoing privatization of public sector work continues to influence the lives of more and more Americans, In the Public Interest, a project of the Partnership, continues to provide people with the knowledge to recognize the risks of privatization and the tools to fight against these risks. On October 15, Donald Cohen, chair of the project, spoke at the LIUNA Pacific Southwest Regional Conference in Monterey, CA on these issues.

Partnership for Working Families | October 22, 2012

Partnering with community organizations – in part by creating real and lasting opportunities for low-income workers and workers of color – yields real dividends for building trades unions. That was the message delivered at the 2012 Central Regional Conference organized by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, where the Partnership’s Deputy Director, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, and Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Matt Brusky both spoke to about 100 IUPAT business managers, organizers and member-leaders.

Partnership for Working Families | September 11, 2012

Mayor Frank Jackson of Cleveland, Ohio and head of the city's building trades unions, Loree Soggs, at a forum of community, labor, business, and union leaders, both publicly pledged that they would work to advance a community benefits agenda for development in the city.

Partnership for Working Families | July 31, 2012

In testimony before the Texas House of Representatives on July 11, 2012, Shar Habibi, In the Public Interest Resource Center Director, warned legislators that ill-conceived privatization initiatives could lead to higher costs, a decrease in service quality, missed deadlines, unaccountable contractors and reduction in transparency.

Partnership for Working Families | July 31, 2012

The Partnership’s Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel and Ben Beach will both be invited panelists in an August 3 symposium on community benefits convened by the City of Cleveland. The symposium, entitled, “Community Benefits: Making Development Accountable” follows on Mayor Frank Jackson’s call, in his 2012 State of the City Address, for increased use of Community Benefits Agreements on major development projects.

The Partnership has been working closely with Policy Matters Ohio and Mayor Jackson’s office to advance the community benefits conversation in Cleveland, where billions of dollars’ worth of new development are expected in the coming years.

Partnership for Working Families | July 31, 2012

Our cities’ waste and recycling systems are hopelessly out of date, failing to address the imperative to create high quality jobs in urban areas and the urgent need to address local environmental injustice and impending climate change. When labor, community, environmental justice and climate justice leaders work together, they can make real change that maximizes outcomes on both levels. That was the message delivered by the Partnership’s Deputy Director, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, at the Labor Leaders’ Climate Forum organized by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute.

Partnership for Working Families | March 30, 2012

Moving trash from businesses, construction sites and residential homes is a big industry that impacts the environmental health of communities, treatment of workers and local economies. Exploring these interconnections to develop a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities to create change was the focus of a convening hosted by the Partnership in mid-March at the New York offices of the Rockefeller Foundation.

FRESC | December 18, 2009

by Robin Kneich, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities

Partnership for Working Families | November 18, 2008

By Ben Boyce, Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County Coordinator

Sebrina Owens-Wilson | August 28, 2008

In 2007, working families struggled to make ends meet in regional economies that continued to be marked by unprecedented inequality.

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