Since last year the MEPS have asked members to help persuade the San Jose City Council to enact a reasonable Community Workforce Agreement (CWA). Last night your hard work has paid off.
On Tuesday April 3rd the SJ City Council voted to implement a fair and equitable CWA, on an 8-3 vote.
This was a compromise vote that was not the CWA labor wanted originally, but it was one that we can live with. The vote was something the city can be proud of as it sets fair wages, benfits and training for all construction workers who work on qualified projects. It is also an agreement that levels the playing field for reputable and local contractors.
As much as anti-union forces misrepresented the facts about PLA's in general and the intent of this CWA, this effort was something that benefits San Jose residents and taxpayers, but it especially benefits the workers who will build these projects. Union and Non-Union alike. And it will do so for years to come.
So thank you all who donated your time and effort to attend meetings, rallies, city council meeting and to those who gathered signatures. We thank those of you who got up to speak and who sent letters and emails on behalf of this effort. And much thanks to the leaders of the MEPS, the BT, the SBLC and Working Partnerships USA.
With solidarity comes victory!