Jobs to Move America’s plan for creating a cleaner environment and good jobs in communities that need them most combines policy advocacy, coalition organizing, workforce development, and strategic research.
Our campaigns work in coalition with communities, workers, and public officials across the country to change the narrative around the power of our public dollars to do public good, advocate for policies that create and expand access to good jobs, win Community Benefits Agreements to advance equity and lift labor standards in communities, and develop novel workforce development and training programs.
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JMA engages in research to shape the ideas and practices required to build an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable economy, and to guide our policy advocacy and strategic organizing. Our teams engage in rigorous academic research that defines policy and decision-making around emerging industries like clean school buses. We also work with academic institutions to conduct comprehensive surveys of workers and communities that help illuminate the conditions in and around factories owned by global corporations that receive extensive public subsidies and contracts.
Much of America’s public money goes to private companies in the form of public contracts and subsidies. But all too often, the companies that win these public contracts do not create good jobs, nor do they contribute to creating stronger communities and a cleaner environment. JMA advocates for a combination of local, state, and national policy to ensure that public contracts create good jobs, lift up communities, and work to advance racial and gender equity.
Our advocacy combines a focus on good jobs with a climate justice framework. We work to include good jobs language in climate policy, successfully advocated for an electric vehicles policy in California, shaped the Chicago Ready for 100 campaign, and are supporting the development of various other climate justice policies in New York and Chicago.
We also focus on deepening transparency and accountability in government contracting and public subsidies. We are working to reshape sunshine policies in multiple states and developing innovative policy to require tech companies receiving public subsidies to commit to “purchasing for the common good” requirements and Technology Impact Assessments.
Our policy tools have been used across the country to create good jobs, ensure greater transparency around public contracts, and advance the movement for climate justice. Tools and policies we have created with our coalition partners include the U.S. Employment Plan, a California state bill requiring all jobs information in public contracts be made transparent and accessible to the public, and more.
We put power back in the hands of workers and communities by organizing coalitions to win Community Benefits Agreements. Community Benefits Agreements are legally binding commitments between companies, communities, and labor groups to guarantee living wages, company investment in apprenticeship programs, protections for workers’ right to organize, and race- and gender-based equity measures, including commitments to hire, train, and create access to jobs for people who have been historically left out and denied good jobs in manufacturing.
JMA has won Community Benefits Agreements in California, with electric bus manufacturers, including in Illinois, with a rail car manufacturer; and is currently organizing to win a national Community Benefits Agreement with bus manufacturer New Flyer.
JMA works with our coalitions to develop and implement training programs that create access to good manufacturing careers for people historically left out of the sector — women, people of color, and veterans among others.