The Urban League of Portland is a collaborative partner on the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity (MAWE), a coalition established to drive systemic change that establishes equity and increases employment opportunities on construction projects. MAWE successfully negotiated a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the City of Portland, resulting in the city establishing requirements of contractors to implement apprenticeship utilization, outreach goals and include targeted recruitment of underrepresented people of color and woman on city projects, making that requirement a contractual responsibility of the General Contractor. The Urban League of Portland supports initiatives focused on job creation through the City of Portland’s CBA.
Additionally, as a collaborator on other workforce initiatives, the Urban League has established ongoing partnerships with the business community, organized labor, the City of Portland, Oregon Department of Human Services and the Portland Development Council’s economic development programs, as well as community colleges, universities and training providers. The Urban League is presently partnered with community-based organizations such as Oregon Tradeswomen Inc, Constructing Hope, and Portland Community College on a project focused on changing construction job site culture to be more supportive of people of color and women, and expanding their access to opportunities on large construction projects. Our collective efforts of job readiness, skill upgrade training and capacity building through this project will increase employment opportunities for African Americans, people of color and women.