Good Jobs & Public Benefits

Good Jobs have been a priority for the Spokane Alliance since our founding. Currently, the Jobs Team is focused on ensuring that all Public Works projects in the Spokane region create benefits for the whole community. We believe that the community is strengthened when more workers have health insurance and retirement benefits. 

In 2014, we developed and passed Quality Job Ordinances in Spokane. These policies require the city to hire a 15% rate of apprentices on all projects $350K or higher, give preference for local contractors and purchasing and require all hired contractors to have “responsible” hiring practices. We have been working with the city to make sure they are enforcing the law and that contractors are complying. We developed a Community Benefits Agreement which names the values we want public agencies to use as a guide for how they spend our tax dollars to create a larger public benefit. 


Currently, the Jobs Team is focused on ensuring that all Public Works projects in the Spokane region create benefits for the whole community. We believe that the community is strengthened when more workers have health insurance and retirement benefits. 

The Jobs Team is negotiating with a number of public agencies in Spokane to agree to a set of shared values that supports construction workers and their families. The Team is asking these agencies use this set of values when they bid jobs and select contractors. The proposed contract language would encourage general contractors to:

  • use more apprentices to provide job training opportunities,
  • guarantee a minimum set of worker benefits to all workers including full family health care and retirement plans, and
  • give preference for hiring women, veterans, and people of color.

Visit our calendar to find the next meeting time of the Jobs Team.