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: July 2013
Our in-depth analysis of the 37 largest metropolitan areas in the country reveals low recycling rates, exploited workers, and an unaccountable industry. Fortunately, there is a path to building low-impact, cost effective, and sustainable recycling systems in every region of the country. Together these local transformations will deliver large-scale benefits for the environment, workers, communities, and the economy.
Date: March 2013
Below the Radar: How Sea-Tac Airport's substandard working conditions hurt our region and how other major airports changed course toward growth and prosperity shows how other airports have raised working standards and lifted up communities.
Date: January 2013
Communities across the county are winning environmental and economic justice for working families by improving the way they manage their trash. Local governments, spurred on by worker organizations, environmentalist, and community groups, are using their power to insist on more recycling, better jobs, less pollution, and more accountability from the waste industry. Read our campaign brochure to learn more!
Date: September, 2012
More than 20 of America’s leading organizations on work and the economy released a plan in September 2012 with 10 ways to rebuild America’s middle class. The new report details ten concrete proposals to strengthen the economy for the long term by creating good jobs and addressing the economic insecurity that has spread to millions of U.S. families.
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.