Berkeley Community Workforce Agreement
Over the past decade, municipal employment contracts have proven to be one of the best ways to set strong employment quality standards for government-funded or subsidized construction projects and to develop a plan to hire and hire low-income workers for these projects. A communal employment contract consists of a project employment contract that includes a targeted recruitment scheme to bring low-income workers into the construction career. The Community Workers` Agreements (EDCs) are an effective and effective tool for a number of reasons. Negotiations on a CWA bring together construction unions and the works council, in collaboration with the user/owner of the project, the general contractor and local organizations, in order to jointly develop the conditions of the project. These agreements define the conditions under which construction unions agree not to strike or to eliminate work. Local authorities have seen these agreements as an added value for projects that must guarantee public investment. They help avoid delays, maintain workplace safety and ensure quality construction products that all help protect taxpayers` investments when public money funds part or all of the project. Local governments in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Cleveland and New York played a pioneering role in the negotiations and implementation of the CWAs. Their experience suggests clear lessons for other cities and shows that CWAs construction projects can be improved for governments, workers, contractors and municipalities. The Working Families Partnership worked with the AFL-CIO`s construction department to develop a guide for the CWAs. This guide contains basic information on the CWAs, including a debate on the general components, an overview of best practices and examples from across the country. The partnership has also developed a manual that summarizes the main arguments for the use of community work agreements to facilitate targeted recruitment programs. Check out the examples of CWA, including the language and results of the directive.