Researching and producing publications that support our mission and our Partner groups' campaigns is a major component of the Partnership for Working Families' work. Below you will find links to full-text versions of all of our publications, as well as those of our Partner organizations.
Date: January 2016
More than a decade of work in the community benefits movement has yielded a number of important lessons about common challenges facing CBA coalitions and how they may be avoided. Absent strong, authentic, and diverse community representation and commitment to negotiating legally enforceable agreements that meet community needs, the community may not realize the full potential of the approach.
Policymakers have long understood the job creation opportunities that public infrastructure projects provide. To enhance these jobs’ economic and social impact and lift families out of poverty, many cities and states have incorporated job quality and equity policies into public infrastructure projects. Such policies ensure that these projects don’t simply create jobs, but instead provide good jobs in the local communities that need them.
Dallas’ regional economy is robust and growing, yet there is cause for concern. Our regional economy is facing a crisis of economic inequality, which corresponds with racial inequality. On the one hand Dallas’ economy is surging, but on the other many working people struggle to get by.
After decades of disinvestment and exclusion from the benefits of redevelopment, Hill District leaders are charting the path toward equitable development in Pittsburgh. The Hill District community benefits agreement is the result of deep community organizing and alliances with labor and community leaders.
Everyone needs a place to live, a place to work and some way to get between the two. At the Partnership for Working Families, our network of powerful affiliates tackle the crises of income inequality and climate change that disproportionately impact low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and women. In two years, we’ve improved the lives of 3.2 million people! Here’s how.
Date: September, 2015
This is an accessible report for communities and local officials interested in inclusionary housing. It walks through the political, technical, and practical considerations needed for inclusionary housing policies and programs to be successful, and includes literature reviews and case studies. It also includes a chapter by the Partnership’s Legal Director on the legal considerations.
Working together with researchers at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, occupational safety and health experts at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and MassCOSH, and environmental justice leaders at GAIA, we dug deep into the world of recycling workers. We found horrifying stories of injuries and fatalities, and troubling statistics about how often recycling workers get hurt on the job. The good news is that there’s plenty of action that cities can take to make recycling jobs good jobs.
Shovels breaking ground on the former Oakland Army Base mark a new era of community empowerment. Revive Oakland's Good Jobs Policy is emblematic of how publicly funded development projects can create widespread economic opportunity. Thanks to an innovative good jobs policy, the warehouse and logistics complex envisioned for the former army base will create over 3,000 living wage jobs and reserve 50% of them for local residents.
Date: January, 2015
Together with our 17 affiliates, the Partnership is driving a progressive agenda to harness the economic power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment. Our powerful coalitions of community groups, labor unions, faith networks and environmental organizations tackle the crises of income inequality and climate change that disproportionately impact low-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and women.
Date: December 2014
Major economic development projects and infrastructure investment can present both tremendous opportunities and significant threats for communities and residents. This guide describes what you can do as a local government official to help advance community benefits. The approaches discussed here cover the spectrum from long range planning and policy to actions you can take with regard to individual projects and investments.
Click here, for an easy to print version of this guide.