Over the next five years, the city of San José plans to spend $1.42 billion on public construction projects.
These taxpayer-funded projects will provide critical infrastructure for San Jose’s neighborhoods. But will they create good jobs for our local communities?
Our new report Building Opportunity reveals that right now, San Jose’s public works projects are falling short in providing career opportunities to our diverse local communities.
To tackle these issues, communities across California and the nation are turning to a model called Community Workforce Agreements (CWAs). CWAs are a public policy tool designed to uphold workplace standards for wage, health and safety on the job while setting hiring goals that creating new construction career pathways for local residents, especially young workers or those with barriers to employment.
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