CBA Webinar: How do We Get to Negotiations? It’s an Organizing Question!

August 21, 2014 -- Partnership for Working Families

CBA Webinar: How do We Get to Negotiations? It’s an Organizing Question!

Wednesday, September 10 at 2 Eastern

All participants must pre-register!  The deadline for registration is Friday, September 5.  To register, click here.

In our conversations with local CBA coalitions across the country, we are often asked, “How do we get the developer to sit down with us to negotiate?”   For this webinar, we have posed that question to three veterans of community benefit organizing.  For the first part of the presentation, they will provide a framework for maximizing the impact of your coalition’s activities, with a goal of getting the developer to negotiate.  The second part of the webinar is dedicated to answering your questions about the challenges you face in getting to negotiations.

This webinar is designed for CBA coalition leaders, staff, and community allies.  Feel free to invite your coalition partners.

Click here to register!


Preparing for the webinar

For a good introduction to community benefit coalitions, check out this interactive learning tool, Community Benefits: A Framework for Success. This is especially useful for people new to community benefits work.

For the second half of the webinar, we will be responding to your questions related to getting the developer to negotiate.  PLEASE SEND QUESTIONS TO US BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3.  


Carl Redwood, Jr. is the Convener of the Hill District Consensus Group and a Board Member of Pittsburgh UNITED. He is a social worker and has participated in various community organizing efforts on the local, national and international levels.  Following on the success of the One Hill CBA, he is organizing for community benefit standards for the expansion of the redevelopment area around the new hockey arena.

Frank Alvarez joined the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) in November 2011 as the senior community organizer for the Construction Careers Project. He is currently the community organizer for Repower LA. Prior to joining LAANE, he was a program director for LA CAUSA YouthBuild managing their AmeriCorps, Mentoring, and Leadership programs.  Frank developed his organizing skills as a founding member of the Youth Justice Coalition, a nonprofit organization that addresses the education and rehabilitation needs of incarcerated youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention centers.

John Goldstein began building labor community coalitions as a taxicab driver in 1974, when he and his co-workers struck for a union contract.  He continued coalition work as a bus driver, President of ATU Local 998 and President of the Milwaukee County Labor Council.  It was at the labor council that he joined with leaders of Milwaukee’s faith, community and labor movements to win The Park East Redevelopment Compact.  Since joining The Partnership in 2005, he has supported affiliate community benefit campaigns.  He is currently the Partnership’s Community Benefits Campaign Director, working with community benefit coalitions in over 50 cities.