On Friday, February 22nd, 2019, the YWCA of Central MA signed the first Community Benefit Agreement with the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition.
YWCA stands by what it believes and is putting their words into
action by making this public affirmation of commitments with our
woman lead construction management team
livable wage jobs with benefits
diversity guidelines on the contractors and subcontractors working
on their $24 million renovation project
with hiring goals for women, people of color, apprentices and
Worcester County residents.
YWCA is committed to only hire responsible contractors; businesses
that maintain accredited apprenticeship programs and pay workers a
living wage that includes benefits.
“With the signing of this agreement, the YWCA is pledging to our members and to the community that we will be placing hiring guidelines on the contractors and subcontractors hired for the renovation of the Salem Square YWCA that create real and achievable goals for the hiring of women, people of color, apprentices and Worcester County residents on this project.” – Linda Cavaioli, YWCA Central MA Executive Director
“This is a great step for Worcester. We’d like to see this happening more in Worcester. By working together, we’re not only fulfilling the mission of the YWCA but also the long fought after union goals of creating good jobs for our members. Ultimately, Worcester is a better place when we commit to investing in our workforce.” – Brian Brousseau, President Worcester-Fitchburg Building Trades
are proud to have the YWCA create a model for a union-community
partnership which uses its construction project to both improve and
expand their facility while also benefiting the community through
creating good, living-wage jobs with benefits and apprentice
opportunities that benefit local residents and people often left out
of construction projects, women and people of color. We hope to see
this example replicated by other community minded businesses and
organizations in Worcester.”
Kartheiser, Worcester Community Labor Coalition Co-Chair
Consider joining a construction union career. You’ll be able to say “I Built That”. Apprenticeships available, especially for women and ppl of color. This project is in collaboration with Worcester Roots, the Central Mass Workforce Investment Board and Indigenous Peoples’ Network. More info about the announcement here.
Information Sessions about Building Trades Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs: Lookout for more info sessions in fall 2018. 2017 Flyer here.