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: May 2012
Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just asks a basic question about Puget Sound’s new light rail system – how do we ensure this massive public investment benefits all families? In Southeast Seattle neighborhoods the light rail has already accelerated gentrification and may lead to displacement of many communities of color into the suburbs. It’s not just a lack of affordable housing, though. Low-wage jobs keep family incomes down as real estate prices rise, creating pressure to leave.
Date: May 2012
First-class Airport, Poverty Classs Jobs outlines recommendations that Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle should take to ensure that all SeaTac airport jobs are good jobs. After much investigation of the working conditions of airline-contracter employees at SeaTac airport, the report concludes that Alaska Airlines, which contracts with different companies for these services, and the Port of Seattle, the local government agency that owns and operates SeaTac, share in the responsibility setting low standards that create poverty wage jobs.
Date: April 2012
Puget Sound Sage Study: Walmart’s Projected Expansion in Area Neighborhoods Would Result in Net Job Loss and Reduced Wages
A report released today by Puget Sound Sage, a regional economic policy advocacy organization, concludes each new Walmart store opening in a Puget Sound neighborhood will result in a net loss of $13 million of net economic output and $14 million in lost wages over the 20 year life of the store.
Date: April 2012
While Seattle’s downtown hotel sector recovers from the recession and faces widely projected growth and profitability, its workforce endures poverty wages and pain and injury from unsustainable management practices.
Date: September 2011
This report shows that local governments have found success by adopting Green Construction Careers Programs to build greener cities and create high quality jobs for local residents. By prioritizing green technology and using aggressive job standards these programs offer solutions to some of our greatest challenges: How do we rebuild the middle class and put people to work? How do we protect our environment? And how do we revitalize the construction industry?
Date: January 2011
New report exposes the systematic failure of L.A.’s commercial waste sector to provide many Angelenos with the option to recycle in their workplaces and apartment buildings, and the consequences of that failure. The report also outlines a policy to transform the system.
Date: November 2010
This report documents how three local government units in Los Angeles have created new pathways to construction careers on publicly funded construction projects. These entities have used community workforce agreements to create thousands of new career opportunities for residents of low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged workers. Together, the community workforce agreements they have established cover over $26 billion in construction and have created over 30,000 job opportunities for residents of low income neighborhoods.
Date: September 2010
Check out our new brochure, Greening Our Cities, Growing a Better Future for Workers and Communities, to learn more about green construction careers programs, the successes of our partners and allies, and how these programs are delivering quality career opportunities to local workers and communities of color.
Date: May 2010
Public money that finances private development should create real outcomes for workers and communities. But the redevelopment process is extremely complicated and too often community and labor organizations have a hard time figuring out how to engage — and change — it. The Tracking Toolbox provides a basic orientation and overview of how development works – including explanations of zoning & land-use approvals, environmental impact reviews, subsidy negotiations and more.
Date: March 2010
The Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports is leading the fight to end the environmental degradation, health hazards and worker exploitation created by the port trucking industry. New Partners, New Approaches to Transform Our Nation's Ports provides an overview of the broken port trucking industry and highlights the innovative solution that will deliver clean air and quality jobs to our nation’s ports.