Partnership Blog & News

David Mendoza | July 31, 2012

What splashed into view with a flash mob a year ago and ended with 400 port truck drivers walking off the job has written a new chapter in Seattle labor history. Four years of organizing by port drivers and the Seattle Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports (CCSP) came to a head in February 2012 with the biggest port driver walkout in the nation in the past ten years. 

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

It turns out the Walton family (of Walmart fame) are wealthier than 42% of Americans combined – that’s 50 million American families – while the average Walmart worker earns less than $15,000 a year. (Source: Economic Policy Institute and UC Berkeley)

Partnership for Working Families | July 31, 2012

(The following opinion piece written by Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 25, 2012.)

Four times, the city of San Diego has pitted city workers against private companies in a competition for the continued responsibility to provide an essential city service. All four times, the city workers have proved that they – as U-T San Diego put it last week – “provide taxpayers with the best bang for their buck.”

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Our cities’ waste and recycling systems are hopelessly out of date, failing to address the imperative to create high quality jobs in urban areas and the urgent need to address local environmental injustice and impending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 | July 31, 2012

OCCORD’s campaign to make Santa Ana city government more accountable is blazing hot! As one of the leaders of the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development (SACReD) Coalition, OCCORD has taken major steps toward passage of a “Sunshine Ordinance.” The Coalition’s effort has attracted plenty of attention.

...On July 2, the campaign won a major victory, with the Santa Ana City Council unanimously approving the campaign’s Sunshine Ordinance platform and instructing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance.

Puget Sound Sage | June 29, 2012

They say that the tide is turning in the Puget Sound. Boeing orders are flying high. Amazon is priming a new campus. Tourism and business travel are pushing the needle. More passengers are landing at Sea-Tac airport than ever. And Walmart wants to sell groceries to our communities. It sure is great to be in the midst of growing prosperity -- unless you aren’t prospering.

Over the last few months, Puget Sound Sage has released four studies showing that as we rebuild our regional economy, too many people are left behind.

Partnership for Working Families | June 29, 2012

Congratulations to Deborah Scott, one of our founding board members who was recently honored by the White House with a Champions of Change award. Scott was recognized for her leadership of Georgia Stand-UP and their innovative approaches to promote energy efficiency, revitalize outdoor spaces, encourage transportation options, and improve quality of life in the Greater Atlanta region. “Healthy, sustainable communities support a strong economy and better quality of life for Americans,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are finding creative ways to make their communities healthier places to live, work and play, and demonstrating how a healthy environment and strong economy go hand in hand.”

Ben Beach | June 29, 2012

Legal challenges to cities’ targeted hiring policies seem to be trending among some construction business groups.

These groups are out of touch.

Targeted hiring policies help those individuals and communities most hurt by the recession by creating new opportunities for real family-supporting careers. Washington DC has a city-wide unemployment rate of 9.9%, with much higher levels in areas of the city with concentrations of people of color. Cities facing similar situations have used these hiring policies to leverage their investment in construction into good jobs for folks who need an economic foothold. In Los Angeles, Oakland and Milwaukee, targeted hiring policies for public construction have meant hundreds of thousands of hours of prevailing wage construction work for disadvantaged residents of those cities.

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