On Friday, September 6, with over 300 residents from across the city watching, Boston's mayoral candidates agreed that:
- Any business that received any tax break or public subsidy should pay at least the Boston Living Wage of $13.76
- Major companies, such as fast food chains and retail, where their employees depend on public health insurance (which we view as a subsidy) should pay at least the Boston Living Wage of $13.76
Led by 5 citywide economic justice coalitions, including Action for Regional Equity and sponsored by over 45 community and labor organizations, the Jobs Forum presented a moment for diverse Boston communities to secure commitments from candidates around a unified jobs agenda.
There was resounding consensus amongst all the candidates (excluding John Connolly who left early) on other core coalition issues as well:
- Increase youth jobs funding to $8.5 million leading to 5,000 summer jobs and 1,000 yearlong jobs, increasing the age eligibility to 14-19 year olds
- Organize a meeting of 350 of Boston's largest employers who don't hire teens to commit to maintaining youth jobs
Increase the hiring goals for the Boston Residents Jobs Policy to meet 51% Boston residents, 51% people of color and 15% women (up from 50-25-10) on all major construction sites
- Oppose tax breaks to any downtown developments that do not commit to strong community, housing and workforce benefits for our most vulnerable residents (Golar-Richie: undecided)
- Any new development should abide by existing union and prevailing wage standards for sectors such as janitorial, construction and security workers in their buildings
Read our Open Letter to Boston Mayoral Candidates to see the data on jobs and the challenge we presented to all the candidates.
We thank the hundreds residents who participated in our forum and the 45+ organizational sponsors.
Conveners: Action for Regional Equity, Boston Jobs Coalition, Community Labor United, Right to the City Boston (501c3), Youth Justice and Power Union
Producers: Center for Economic Democracy, MassUniting, SEIU 32BJ/615
Sponsors: Alternatives for Community & Environment • Asian American Resource Workshop • Asian Community Development Corporation • Beantown Society • Bikes Not Bombs • Boston Building Trades Council • Boston Student Advisory Council / Youth on Board • Boston Tenant Coalition • Boston Workers Alliance • Center for Economic Democracy • Chelsea Collaborative • Chinese Progressive Association • Chinese Youth Initiative • City Life/Vida Urbana • The City School • The Construction Institute • Design Studio for Social Intervention • Dorchester/Roxbury Labor Committee • Dorchester People for Peace • Dominican Development Center • Economic Justice Research Hub • Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston • Fenway CDC • Future Boston Alliance • Greater Four Corners Action Coalition • HERE Local 26 • Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción • Jobs With Justice • Leadership Forum • Madison Park Development Corporation • Mass Communities Action Network • MassCOSH Teens Lead at Work • MassCOSH Workers Center • MassUNITING • MassVOTE • Metro West Immigrant Worker Center • Mission SAFE • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston • New England Regional Council of Carpenters • New England United for Justice • Painters District Council 35 • Philips Brooks House Association • Progressive Massachusetts • Project HIP HOP • Project RIGHT • RoxVote • SEIU 32BJ/615 • SEIU 1199 • Somerville Community Corporation • South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers' Alliance • South Street Youth Center • Survivors Inc • Tri-City Community Action Program • UMass Labor Resource Center • United for a Fair Economy • Youth Jobs Coalition