The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) connects disadvantaged business enterprises to contracting, mentoring and technical assistance opportunities. Minority and women owned construction businesses support the CBA because they see it as a way to do things differently and create opportunities:
- Strengthen your business, build capacity and access project bid opportunities.
- Education on CBA projects (i.e. bidding, certifications, requirements and bonding capacity).
- Follow through – the CBA Oversight Committee oversees Contractor Technical Assistance funds and mentoring activities, and builds partnerships to help contractors grow their businesses.
- Learn more about working with unions and accessing a flexible, trained workforce and qualified apprentices as you build your business. You can begin to take the training burden off of your existing workforce, enforce good wages, reduce turnover, and build a stable field crew and office support.
Too often, minority contractors have been pitted against unions. Unions have always played a critical role in raising the bar for salaries, benefits and working conditions for all workers. Unions have a vast “earn while you learn” training system and have been organizing to diversify the construction industry.
For more information, please contact:
• Maurice Rahming, O’Neill Electric
phone: 503-493-6045 email:email@example.com