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Voters in the City of SeaTac, Washington appear to have approved an historic living wage ballot initiative that will lift wages to $15 an hour for 6,300 workers and inject an estimated $54 million into the local economy. Yes on Prop 1 currently leads by 53 votes with mail ballots continuing to come in. The vote culminates a nearly year-long campaign by a strong community-labor partnership.
At the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations’ (NACEDA) national convening in October, the Partnership joined a panel that explored how communities are implementing Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) to leverage local investment for community-based economic growth.
More than sixty municipal waste professionals, progressive funders, environmental justice advocates, and worker justice leaders joined the Partnership-hosted “Transforming Trash for Jobs, Climate and Community Health” webinar on October 17. The webinar offered key lessons for people who want to build environmental and economic resilience by transforming trash and building a recycling economy in their own cities, and shared case studies from around the country.
On October 23, EBASE and its allies in the Revive Oakland coalition won an important victory for good community jobs and transit equity when the Directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) voted unanimously to adopt a Construction Careers Policy and Project Labor Agreement for a $178 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro.
In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide.
Shar Habibi, Research and Policy Director of In the Public Interest (ITPI), The Partnership for Working Families’ resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, spoke on a July 27 panel at the Young Elected Officials Network National Convening. This gathering brought together several hundred young elected progressive leaders from around the country.
The reopening of the western line of FasTracks, the region’s light rail system, in July was a big victory for workers in Denver. 9to5 led a campaign supported by Partnership affiliate, FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities, which collected more than 400 signatures for a petition calling on Denver’s Regional Transportation District to restore the recently cut bus lin
Thanks to hard work from Seattle-based Partnership affiliate, Puget Sound Sage, and community allies, the King County elections department has recently verified that the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative has achieved adequate signatures from SeaTac residents to qualify for an upcoming ballot. Two weeks ago 40 Sea-Tac workers, residents, business owners, faith leaders and labor leaders handed 2,500 signatures to the SeaTac City Council.
The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) is celebrating a game changing Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in New York City, signed with the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). KNIC is building the world’s largest ice center at the Kingsbridge Armory, and the Kingsbridge CBA ensures that the project will incorporate community priorities and vision. The victory is the culmination of 15 years of hard work and patient organizing.
Leslie Moody, Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families, will join Bob King, president of the United Auto Workers, as a keynote speaker for the annual policy conference this Saturday, June 8.
The 2013 Michigan Summit will focus on threats to Michigan's democratic foundation, middle class families, and how activists can mobilize and make connections for change.