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City council to review CBA on September 21

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: The city council hearing was originally scheduled for September 21, but is now scheduled for Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Michael Burch's important opinion piece in the Daily Journal of Commerce last week echoes my belief that Community Benefits Agreements serve as an effective mechanism to bring public owners, contractors, labor unions and our community together to ensure that public investment leads to public benefit for all.

Michael is the community relations and outreach director for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. He and I have served together on the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity and the city of Portland’s Equitable Contracting and Purchasing Commission.

Like Michael, I believe that a sound Community Benefits Agreement must include aggressive requirements, goals, targets and incentives for workforce diversity at all levels and in all trades, for apprenticeship hours and for disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small business in both construction and design and professional services components.

A presentation on Community Benefits Agreement projects will go before the Portland City Council on Thursday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. in city hall. I encourage anyone who is concerned about social equity and the inclusion and utilization of women and minorities on public projects to attend this session and make sure that our voices are heard.

Maurice Rahming

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