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OCT 2022 NEWS: What’s the deal with PLAs?

OCTOBER newsletter

In This Issue:

  • New Report: Project Labor Agreements 
  • Policy Advocacy: Warehouse Worker Ordinance Panel 
  • Election Day is Nov 8  
  • In Case You Missed It 
  • Job Opportunities 

NEW REPORT

The construction industry is one of San Diego County’s fastest growing industries; however, workers in this industry face significant challenges to their health, safety, and ability to earn a livable wage. A history of racial and gender discrimination created barriers that restricted women and workers of color from entering the industry. This has led to racial and gender disparities in worker pay and workforce representation that persist to this day. 

We recently published a report about project labor agreements (PLAs) as a policy tool that government officials can use to protect construction workers employed on public infrastructure projects. PLAs can significantly improve workplace standards and worker protections. PLAs allow public institutions to set and enforce basic standards, that can reduce wage theft, protect the health and safety of workers, advance equity in the industry, and ensure the responsible use of public dollars.  

POLICY UPDATES

Warehouse Worker Ordinance Panel

While we’re organizing with warehouse workers here in San Diego, our partner in the PowerSwitch Action network, Warehouse Workers Resource Center, is supporting Amazon workers in the Inland Empire. Workers at the KSBD Amazon air hub, known as Inland Empire Amazon Workers United (IEAWU), went on strike Friday, Oct 14 to protest unfair labor practices, demanding a safe workplace, a pay increase, and an end to retaliation at work. CPI staff joined IEAWU on the picket line in solidarity. Click the button below to support workers at KSBD. 

Supporters at Friday’s strike cheering for workers as they walk off the job.    

While we’re organizing with warehouse workers here in San Diego, our partner in the PowerSwitch Action network, Warehouse Workers Resource Center, is supporting Amazon workers in the Inland Empire. Workers at the KSBD Amazon air hub, known as Inland Empire Amazon Workers United (IEAWU), went on strike Friday, Oct 14 to protest unfair labor practices, demanding a safe workplace, a pay increase, and an end to retaliation at work. CPI staff joined IEAWU on the picket line in solidarity. Click the button below to support workers at KSBD. 

GET OUT THE VOTE

Election Day is Nov 8!

Election Day is right around the corner! In addition to federal offices, there are important state, county, school board, special district, and city elections on the ballot. Remember to vote your whole ballot! 

By now, registered voters should have received ballots by mail. Use the prepaid postage provided to mail it through the U.S. Postal Service. Ballot can be tracked using the “Where’s My Ballot?” service.  

This year, San Diego County voters can vote at any Vote Center across the county. Every Vote Centers will have the following services available:  

  • Vote in-person 
  • Vote using an accessible ballot marking device 
  • Receive voting assistance in multiple languages 
  • Register to vote or update your registration and vote on the same day 
  • If you made a mistake or lost your mail ballot, you can vote at any Vote Center 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

San Diego Black Worker Center

The SDBWC received a special commendation from San Diego Council President Sean Elo-Rivera at their welcome event on Oct 13, 2022.  

The San Diego Black Worker Center (SDBWC) has launched their monthly newsletter! Sign up for updates so you don’t miss an issue.   

CPI is proud to be the fiscal sponsor and incubation partner of the new SDBWC. Serving as the SDBWC’s fiscal sponsor is part of CPI’s commitment to strengthening the infrastructure for worker organizing and centering the voices of oppressed peoples, including Black communities, in the San Diego region. 

Housing Stability Fund

Last year the Community Budget Alliance successfully secured $3.57M in the FY23 budget to support a new Housing Stability Fund. The Housing Commission recently launched the program, Housing Instability Prevention Program, and it is open for applications. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Click to learn more:  

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Written by CPI San Diego