Policymakers Should Promote Community Benefits Agreements
A promising strategy for better jobs
In a new report
released by The Mobility Agenda, the authors, Virginia Parks, Dorian
Warren, and Margy Waller, find that over the past decade, community
benefits agreements—legally binding agreements negotiated between
developers and broad-based coalitions of community and labor
organizations—have strengthened local labor markets by transforming
thousands of low-wage jobs into good, living wage, and/or union jobs.
Full report available here
need to improve low-wage jobs is…important for a healthy overall
economy and society—and not just for the workers directly affected… A
stronger labor market with better local jobs benefits the entire
community,” say the co-authors of this report.
The authors of Community Benefits Agreements: Policy for the Twenty-First Century Economy
examine the core components of these agreements that address low-wage
work, strengthen local labor markets, and advance the goals of social
and economic inclusion. The authors offer brief examples of successful
community benefits agreements campaigns, highlighting how and why this
strategy works when community resources are at stake. Finally, the
authors recommend policy initiatives to strengthen and increase the
opportunities for using these agreements.
policies…should include incentives that advance community benefits
principles. This is an especially important policy recommendation
because CBAs emerged out of a context in which there has been a lack of
federal action to improve low-wage work, strengthen local labor
markets, or advance the inclusion of local communities in economic
development decisions,” explain the co-authors.