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February 28, 2014 -- Partnership for Working Families

A New Approach to Waste Management: More Good Jobs and a Cleaner Environment

July 16, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

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.

Transforming Trash in Urban America, a new report from the Partnership for Working Families, shows that creating jobs and slowing climate change through a new approach to waste management is both possible and urgent for America’s largest cities.

How to Boost the Economy: Create Good Jobs for Low-Income Workers in the Construction Industry

July 10, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

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. 

Construction Careers Creating Job Opportunity in Seattle

June 12, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

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. 

Wasting Zero Time on the Road to Sustainable Recycling: Recycling campaigns advance in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Milwaukee

June 4, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

The Don’t Waste LA Coalition moved a giant step closer to transforming LA’s commercial trash system when the City Council recently voted to enact an implementation plan that puts environmental, community, and worker well being at the top of the waste management priority list.  Now, the City begins developing the Request for Proposals (RFPs) and enabling ordinances, and concurrently, an environmental impact report (EIR) under California’s environmental regulatory regime.

Report Release: Transforming Trash in Urban America

May 10, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

Transforming the way local governments manage trash promises to improve conditions in many cities by turning bad jobs into good jobs, creating new employment, decreasing pollution, and lowering costs. Cities can move toward zero waste and capture a range of worker, community, and environmental benefits by introducing new systems for managing trash.

Armory Benefits Agreement Results from Marathon Negotiation Dance

May 2, 2013 -- Partnership for Working Families

A couple of days after the mayor announced that the Kingsbridge Armory would be transformed into the world’s largest ice sports complex, Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter sat across the street from the vacant building in a bustling diner and tried valiantly to stay awake.

“I’m exhausted,” she said, following an appearance on Bronxnet, where she talked about her own recent announcement, which didn’t come with quite the same fanfare as the mayor’s.


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