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On October 23, EBASE and its allies in the Revive Oakland coalition won an important victory for good community jobs and transit equity when the Directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) voted unanimously to adopt a Construction Careers Policy and Project Labor Agreement for a $178 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro.
In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.
Shar Habibi, Research and Policy Director of In the Public Interest (ITPI), The Partnership for Working Families’ resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, spoke on a July 27 panel at the Young Elected Officials Network National Convening. This gathering brought together several hundred young elected progressive leaders from around the country.
The reopening of the western line of FasTracks, the region’s light rail system, in July was a big victory for workers in Denver. 9to5 led a campaign supported by Partnership affiliate, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities, which collected more than 400 signatures for a petition calling on Denver’s Regional Transportation District to restore the recently cut bus lin
The top 37 metro areas in the country are poised to create new jobs, make bad jobs into good ones, and solve tough environmental problems by transforming the way they handle their trash and recycling.
As New Orleans continues to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, a diverse array of community and worker organizations are coming together to ensure that continued development in the city brings good jobs and community benefits to New Orleans.
Construction is picking back up again, and with it, the chance to create real career opportunities for low-income people. Community and union leaders in cities across the country have united behind strategies that boost publicly-funded construction, creating more paid training slots and opening doors to new job seekers. Public investments in construction should benefit all communities, and construction career approaches ensure low-income job seekers get an edge on new opportunities on public projects.
Thanks to hard work from Seattle-based Partnership affiliate, Puget Sound Sage, and community allies, the King County elections department has recently verified that the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative has achieved adequate signatures from SeaTac residents to qualify for an upcoming ballot. Two weeks ago 40 Sea-Tac workers, residents, business owners, faith leaders and labor leaders handed 2,500 signatures to the SeaTac City Council.
The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) is celebrating a game changing Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in New York City, signed with the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). KNIC is building the world’s largest ice center at the Kingsbridge Armory, and the Kingsbridge CBA ensures that the project will incorporate community priorities and vision. The victory is the culmination of 15 years of hard work and patient organizing.
Construction careers programs can create real job opportunity for low-income residents. That was the message delivered by Partnership Deputy Director, Kathleen Mulligan-Hansel, at a workshop organized by the Seattle City Council May 22.
Elected officials and community organizations are embracing construction careers as one solution to our jobs emergency. Urban leaders across the country have created a pipeline for disadvantaged workers into good jobs through targeted local hire policies for publically funded construction projects.