We are building a new Community Pipeline to Good Jobs--together! Last July, we asked major employers to join us on the journey to a more equitable labor market. Now, we are moving forward towards the Co-Creation of Opportunity.
What do residents in a Mattapan focus group talking about looking for a job say interests them most? The Salary.
Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other working adults of color with credentials, transferable skills, and strong labor market attachment, are now tracked into low wage jobs and sectors. The current system is the result of hundreds of years of exclusion structured into the labor market. We are now talking to employers about a pipeline to specific positions—data analyst, energy efficiency technician, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and more. 85,000 people in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and Hyde Park have some college or more education. People who are working have transferable skills from their jobs—skills that can be transferred to a better jobs if the connections are made. But based on City of Boston data, while a white Boston resident with a BA has a median wage of $70,678, a Black resident with a BA has a median wage of just $37,771. Read our paper Truth and Reconciliation in the Labor Market and the Co-Creation of Opportunity for a more detailed description of the steps we are taking with partner employers. Employers are making changes, too, but we have further to go. We anticipate our first Information Session will be in the early fall. The Jobs Action Network Negotiating Committee is driving this campaign. Interested? Get in touch.
What we are hearing…things are changing, but we have further to go. Each of these comments is a composite of similar comments we heard from many people. From community residents…
When I got hired, they trained me on the job. They don’t do that anymore. They expect people to come in already knowing the work. How can anyone get in?
Hundreds of people, maybe a thousand or more, applied for the program. But there are fewer than 20 spots. It’s a good thing, but it can’t be the only way in.
I paid for an entry course to get me into a hospital job. But the pay never went up. A year later, I was still a temp contractor. And I won’t tell you how many years it took me to pay off the $15,000!
We’ve decided not to require a 4-year degree anymore. But we still need people to understand the business and be able to work well in teams.
There is a diversity goal for the hiring, but it isn’t publicized. ~ Researcher
We have Job Openings, New Ways to Contribute
A Community Pipeline to the good jobs BIPOC residents are now excluded from, a voice for BIPOC residents in the labor market, equitable transportation for communities of color, housing subsidies and a moratorium on non-affordable housing targeted to the Fairmount Corridor, intersectional organizing among community organizations…. Join an amazing network of community leaders and activists. Take a look at the positions and contract opportunities we are postings. We are beginning a major campaign for economic equity and justice—is this where you can make your contribution and be part of the team? Community Organizer— Want to connect residents directly to action? Want to impact the intersection of issues—housing, jobs, transit, and urgent pandemic needs? Want to work with a team of experienced organizers where you can build your skills and get the support you want? Senior Workforce Development Coordinator- Head our workforce development, education, and wraparound programming within our jobs and income campaigns. Contribute to structural change in the labor market. Design for Online ESOL RFP - Is this something you do well? Can you share your expertise with others? We need a major expansion of ESOL and now it needs to be online. We need to help support our community network partners so no one is left behind.
For more information, contact:Tarshia Green-Williams, 857-266-3559, firstname.lastname@example.org Want to keep in touch? Interested in the Community Pipeline to good jobs for yourself, family member or a friend? Sign up here.
Last July, we reached out to major employers to commit to hiring from Communities of Color. On June 30th, we are kicking off the Community PIpeline to Good Jobs. We are leaving this up here--just so we can all see how far we have come!
Most impacted have hardest time getting their Unemployment Insurance
Together with our Expanded Jobs Action Network, we have been gathering cases of those struggling to get the benefits they need to survive. Weeks are going by and there is a risk people will lose out. Even with the improvements the Administration is making, those who need to speak to someone by phone or in other languages are having the hardest time getting through or getting a call back. We have been reaching out to the Administration to make specific suggestions and hear what they are doing. So far, no response. We are now considering a lawsuit and gathering cases. Let us know if you know any one who might have a case.
Within our member community groups, partners, networks, coalitions and campaigns, we are closely connected to community residents, particularly in communities of color. We are hearing what people are facing. Read the One Massachusetts Community Response to COVID-19--issues we have heard in our campaigns and from others. In the days to come, we will be posting both resources and how to join together in action.
Action in Action to Protect our Neighborhoods: A new Community Stabilization Jobs Act for Boston, Demanding 0ver 30% IDP at City Hall, Helping to Lead Ayanna's Housing Equity Town Hall
51% People of Color in 1st Hiring Report from Encore
A 6-year fight leads to hundreds more people of color in good jobs at Encore! In 2013, Action convened the Casino Action Network—community leaders from across the region standing up and saying “if there is going to be a casino, is needs to have good jobs and we need our fair share of them.” Quotes Delegations, meetings, presentations, making residents voices heard—won a license requirement of $41,000 annually and 75% full-time jobs and a hiring requirement of 40% people of color. Residents and our elected leaders won a new approach to connecting disconnected communities to these jobs and keeping the community at the table. Go to our Jobs Equity Campaign section for more information.
Everyone has a reason why we all need good jobs! Action for Equity and the Jobs Action Network joined Mass Senior Action, Dot Not 4 Sale, Brookview House, Boston Tenant Coalition, MAHA, and so many more. Shout out to NEU4J! Great event. Even the weather had to bow to the community!
People’s Assembly endorses Action’s Special Protection Zones as assembly demand!
When our community fight won the opening of Fairmount Corridor stations, we knew that gentrification and displacement were on their way, too. Action for Equity is leading the fight for a new zoning overlay district for Special Protection Zones—to be piloted in the Fairmount Corridor. Right to the City’s People’s Assembly has chosen the Special Protection Zone as one of three city-wide demands. Join us at the next People's Assembly is on Saturday, September 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM!