Richmond residents just moved one step closer to being prioritized for jobs spurred by an upcoming major local project.
Advocacy by For Richmond and other Richmond stakeholders regarding the definition of local hire for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay (BGCRB or BGC) yielded excellent results at the project’s Community Working Group meeting at the Richmond Field Station Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.
At the meeting, attended by more than 100 group and community members, Community Working Group subcommittees provided their draft recommendations on the project that will be fine-tuned and included in a “Draft Richmond Compact” presented to UC Berkeley campus leadership in January 2016.
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is expected to sign the community benefits compact in February 2016.
A major highlight of the Community Working Group meeting occurred when the Local Hire and Workforce Training Subcommittee members presented their draft recommendations.
For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy, Rubicon Programs Executive Director Jane Fischberg and UA Local 159 Business Manager and Contra Costa County Building and Construction Trades Council representative Arom Hoddess announced the following Local Hire and Workforce Training Subcommittee recommendations for the BGC project:
- 1. UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)—another project participant—will sign a legally binding agreement setting goals for employment of local disadvantaged workers (prioritized from a pool of Richmond residents) on all construction at the BGC.
a. Definition of “local” is Richmond and North Richmond (including unincorporated areas of North Richmond). Second priority if local goal cannot be met is San Pablo residents.
b. Local hire goal is 30 percent of total hours worked on a craft-by-craft basis.
c. Thirty percent of apprentice hours on a craft-by-craft basis will be from local disadvantaged workers.
d. The definition of disadvantaged local residents includes: Unemployed veterans, the previously incarcerated, emancipated foster youth, homeless, those on extended unemployment and the chronically unemployed.
- 2. UCB and LBNL will enter into a legally binding agreement to strengthen the pathways between local construction training programs/pathways and construction jobs at the BGC.*
- 3. UCB and LBNL should ensure BGC operations and maintenance employment opportunities to local disadvantaged workers and labor standards that support families.*
“We are committed, for those of us who service the community…to find local residents who are qualified for the work,” said Worthy when addressing meeting attendees. “So we will begin training folks now in preparation for work when it comes up.”
To see the full descriptions of the draft recommendations made by the Local Hire and Workforce Training Subcommittee, click *here.
Other Community Working Group subcommittees presenting draft recommendations Oct. 22 included the Procurement Subcommittee; Housing/Displacement Subcommittee; and the Education Subcommittee.
Tammeil Gilkerson, VP of Academic and Student Affairs at Contra Costa College, presented the Education Subcommittee’s draft recommendations. These draft recommendations ranged from college and career exposure, to the professional development of teachers, to the ongoing assessment and dialogue between partners, to the development of an education center/lab space on the BGC campus, to providing universal preschool education, to infrastructure improvements.
In terms of the Community Working Group’s next steps, a “Community Briefing” is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at the Richmond Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. Several unnamed attendees at the standing-room-only Oct. 22 meeting voiced their support of relocating the group’s meetings to a larger, more centralized Richmond location.
“Thank you to the City of Richmond, which has agreed to host the Community Briefing,” said Worthy.
The purpose of the briefing is to give a broad range of community stakeholders a chance to review and comment on the draft recommendations the Community Working Group is considering before making final decisions.
To learn more about the BGC project, click here. Stay tuned for For Richmond’s frequent updates on the BGC project.