PORTLAND — The Portland City Council is expected to consider a Community Benefits Agreement aimed at getting more minority- and female-owned contractors working on city projects.
The goal, according to a letter from Mayor Sam Adams on the city’s website, is to enhance workforce equity on city projects and increase training.
The city’s 2009 disparity study, conducted by BBC Research and Consulting, which provides business planning and feasibility studies, found that minority-owned contractors are underutilized in the city. The study revealed that the Portland Development Commission didn’t meet the expected number of minority and female contractors on projects that received PDC funding but not oversight.
CBA would set a uniform standard for working conditions, wages and benefits, as well as increased workforce training, employment and contracting opportunities for women and minorities.
The agreement would affect contractors, unions and the community, according to Adams’ letter. If passed, it would be the first of its kind in Oregon.
CBA only would affect large city projects — $15 million or more — and be piloted on the Kelly Butte Reservoir projectand the interstate maintenance facility renovation, according to the proposed resolution that the City Council will vote on Wednesday.