Labor Equity in Construction Contracts

The City promotes access to construction careers for women, people of color and others with social and economic disadvantages, particularly those living in Seattle. Using City-funded construction projects, the Labor Equity Program focuses on the entire construction career development process — from training to living-wage construction careers — to increase job access for underrepresented workers.

Priority Hire

On Jan. 20, 2015, Seattle City Council approved a priority hire program for City public works construction projects of $5 million or more. The goal of the program is to improve access to construction employment and improve training programs for workers in need of family-wage jobs, while minimizing increased costs on City projects. The priority hire program will prioritize the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas, particularly in Seattle and King County. Read more about priority hire and see the legislation as passed on City Council's website.

Construction Careers Advisory Committee

To support the City's efforts to increase worker diversity on construction sites, in 2013 the Seattle City Council passed a resolution to form a Construction Careers Advisory Committee (CCAC) to review the City's current contracting program and outcomes, to study best practices from other jurisdictions, and to make policy and program recommendations based on that work. See more about the CCAC and its work.

Elliott Bay Seawall

The Elliott Bay Seawall Project Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) is the first endeavor in the City's development of a long-term policy to increase diversity on City construction projects. The Labor Equity Program oversees the implementation of the Seawall CWA, working with contractors to reach utilization goals for apprentices, women, people of color and workers from economically distressed zip codes in Seattle and King County. See more about the Seawall CWA.