For an Equitable Economy



The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) connects Minorities, Women, Disadvantaged Workers to High Paying Union Construction Careers. Communities of color support the CBA because they see it as a way to do things differently and create opportunities:

  • Fair access to construction union apprenticeship training and jobs.
  • Follow through – oversight and monitoring, by a collaborative committee of community, union and industry partners, to help maintain worker diversity and continued employment.
  • CBA funds support outreach, recruitment and training for community members.
  • Fair treatment on job sites, union benefits, long term support services, mentoring, steady work and career advancement.


How will the CBA work for you?

  • Pre-apprenticeship and community partners recruit and prepare diverse community members for CBA construction projects, through foundational construction training and education at no cost to the workers.
  • With initial training, community members get access to the Union Apprenticeship “earn while you learn” training system, which helps low-income workers build good careers in the construction trades.


What can I do to help?

Talk to community members about the CBA.


For more information, please contact: 

• Connie Ashbrook,  Executive Director Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
  phone: 503-335-8200 ext. 22    email: 

• Debra Lindsay, Urban League of Portland.
 phone: 503-280-2600 ext. 640    email: