Partnership Blog

LAANE honors IUPAT’s Ken Rigmaiden

June 29, 2016 -- Jamie Way

Affiliate LAANE recently honored Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families. In this inspiring video, GP Rigmaiden describes his personal journey in America’s Land of Opportunity from serving as an apprentice to becoming unanimously elected to the office of the president by the IUPAT.

Mandatory Housing Affordability in Seattle

June 29, 2016 -- Jamie Way

As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Seattle has seen developers and investors cash in on developing the city’s neighborhoods as residents were priced out and pushed from their homes. That is why since its inception, affiliate Puget Sound Sage has advocated for a mandatory inclusionary zoning program. In Sage’s vision, when developers build, the city must capture a public value from this growth in the form of affordable housing.

Expanding Access to Construction Careers in Silicon Valley

June 29, 2016 -- Jamie Way

In less than a year, San Jose resident Lisa Rhodes went from living in a halfway house on probation to starting a new career at one of the biggest, most cutting-edge construction projects in Silicon Valley. Through a coalition program of affiliate Working Partnerships USA, Lisa was introduced to various apprenticeship opportunities. She applied and was accepted to the Cement Masons program, where she started working on the new Apple headquarters “spaceship” campus. Now she has health care and a pension and earns time off and overtime.

Building on Past Success in Oakland

June 28, 2016 -- Jamie Way

Four years ago, affiliate EBASE led its Revive Oakland coalition to a landmark victory. When the city decided to redevelop the Oakland Army Base that had sat abandoned for more than a decade, Revive Oakland mobilized the community to ensure that local residents would benefit. Under the Good Jobs Agreement, the coalition won guarantees that project employers would hire local and disadvantaged residents, as well as provide them with pathways to long-term construction careers through apprenticeship programs and long-term warehouse jobs operating the site. But the fight did not end there.

Driving Change at LA’s Ports

May 17, 2016 -- Jamie Way

More than 12,000 drivers serve ports in the Los Angeles area. They do the vital work of moving imported goods from the most important port complex in the nation to rail yards and warehouses. Yet, because these workers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees, they lack basic protections such as a minimum wage, workers’ compensation, disability and unemployment insurance.

Toward a Farmworker Bill of Rights

May 17, 2016 -- Jamie Way

Partnership for Working Families affiliate CAUSE is organizing farmworkers in California’s Central Coast to raise working standards through a county-level policy called the Farmworker Bill of Rights. While efforts to leverage the power of cities to advance minimum wage increases, sick and family leave, fair scheduling and wage theft enforcement have been concentrated in urban metros, CAUSE is expanding this fight to rural communities.

Standing with Uber Drivers to Form an Association

May 17, 2016 -- Jamie Way

Uber has faced a great deal of criticism over the treatment of its drivers, whom the company considers independent contractors. It is currently facing a class-action lawsuit over drivers’ employment status in California and Massachusetts. On June 2nd, the court will decide whether to honor a proposed $100M settlement. Among the changes outlined in the agreement, Uber would commit to recognizing a drivers’ association.

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