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As the country recovers from impacts of the pandemic, investments in climate-safe infrastructure — like transportation — will be key to stimulating local economies. To truly recover, cities and states must ensure that our infrastructure investments are equitable, renewable, and inclusive. That’s why we’re supporting the California Jobs Plan Act (SB674). 

The California Jobs Plan Act will make sure that our public dollars benefit people in communities hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic and climate change — communities of color and working-class neighborhoods. 

What’s at stake

Communities of color, women, and low-income neighborhoods have faced the disproportionate effects of the pandemic and its related economic downturn. In Los Angeles County, Latinos are three times as likely to be hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 as their white counterparts, and Black people are twice as likely to be hospitalized. More than four of five Black workers in California have sought unemployment benefits during the covid pandemic — a rate nearly twice the state average. Women are struggling in the COVID economy, reflected most starkly in a December jobs report showing 140,000 jobs lost, all held by women.

This isn’t an accident. Decades of structural racism has meant that our economic system is rigged to disadvantage Black and brown people. 

But there’s hope. JMA has worked with communities, public officials, and unions in cities across the country to ensure that workers who have been left behind have a fair chance at a good job that supports their families. 

Now is the time for California to lead by creating a state-wide plan to level the playing field for workers historically excluded from meaningful employment. That’s why we’re supporting the California Jobs Plan Act (SB 674), which will ensure state transportation funds support the creation of high-quality jobs and expand access to these jobs for Californians, especially women, people of color, veterans, and people returning home from incarceration. 

To recover, California cannot keep fueling a deeply inequitable economy. We need to rebuild our state with a focus on worker- and equity-centered public investments.

The California Jobs Plan Act (SB 674) will ensure state transportation funds support the creation of high-quality jobs and expand access to these jobs for those historically excluded from meaningful employment in these sectors– including women, people of color, veterans, and people returning from incarceration. 

How it works

SB 674 would require that companies bidding for public transportation contracts in California submit a “California Jobs Plan” as part of their application. The Jobs Plan will include information about the specific commitments the company will make on job creation, wages, benefits, training, targeted opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment and displaced workers, and more. Additionally, the bill requires companies to report on these commitments annually via a public web portal, to put  transparency and accountability at the heart of our public investments. 

The California Jobs Plan Act is sponsored by long time labor and social justice advocate Senator Maria Elena Durazo and a coalition of 20+ labor, community, industry and environmental organizations.

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