CONSIDERING that, as codified in Chapter 20.42 of the Seattle Municipal Code, the City is committed to including women and minority businesses in city contracts and providing technical assistance to women and minority businesses to increase their ability to compete effectively with public procurement and subcontracting; and “Community Workforce Agreement” or “CWA”, an agreement between the director, on behalf of the city, and any union representing workers for occupations that, as a rule, carry out work on public planning projects, defines the conditions between the city, the unions and the signatories of a covered project, and meets the requirements of this chapter 20.37. The GATW complaint concludes that the requirement for contractors to comply with the CWA negotiated by the unions and WSDOT is contrary to the National Labor Relations Act, as this occurred without the input of the contractors who will actually employ the workers on the project. In other words, the unions and the WSDOT have dictated binding conditions for a private employment contract between the contractors and their employees, who have absolutely no say in the negotiations. Not only is WSDOT not an employer of a worker in the project, but the unions with which the CWA was negotiated do not represent any of the workers. And according to the complaint, some of the 17 unions that negotiated the CWA will not even play a role in the project. But workers will be forced to pay these unions to work. CONSIDERING that Priority Hire requires that a certain percentage of the city`s public works hours amount to $5 million or more by workers living in economically troubled areas in Seattle and King counties, and sets targets for the hiring of women and people of color; and in the complaint filed with the Regional 19 National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, AGCW argues that the Community Workforce Agreement (CWA), negotiated between the unions and the State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the SR-520 Montlake to Lake Washington Interchange and Bridge Replacement Project, is contrary to federal law because the CWA`s terms were negotiated exclusively between WSDOT and the 17 unions. without the contractors or subcontractors who will actually be working on the $455 million project. “Union,” a representative labour organization whose members collectively negotiate with employers to determine wages and working conditions in their occupation or volume of work. CONSIDERING that, on April 8, 2015, the City of Seattle entered into a project work agreement with unions called a Community Workforce Agreement that binds unions, the city and signatory contractors to priority requirements; and The Associated General Contractions of Washington (AGCW) has an unfair labor practice accusation against 17 Seattle neighborhood unions, the Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council. The CWA`s terms have been included in the project offer specifications, which means that any contractor indicating the work must approve what WSDOT and the unions have negotiated. These include union gifts such as the obligation for any contractor and subcontractor, the union and the non-union to force their employees to pay union dues to one of the 17 local unions or to be excluded from work on the project. The CWA also stipulates that only three employees of an open-store contractor can be employed in the project without the agreement of the unions (presumably this authorization depends on the worker`s willingness to pay these union taxes), effectively ensuring that the self-employed unions do not have the opportunity to work on the taxpayer-funded project , unless they pay the union.
CONSIDERING that in February 2017, the Ministry of Finance and Administrative Services submitted an annual report on the priority abandonment of the main position, which assesses priority from the outset, describes planned program improvements and makes recommendations for legislative changes to: