Purpose: The purpose of the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) Quality Jobs Initiative is a commitment to designing and developing a regional approach with:
In mid-2021, CWP and its Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) partners, Workforce Southwest Washington and Worksystems convened 19 cross-sectoral participants representing businesses, workers, labor, service providers, and government agencies located in the Portland-Southwest Washington Metropolitan area to develop and adopt a regional approach to creating quality jobs. The purpose of the Council was to (1) define a quality job for the region, (2) provide guidance on standards employers can adopt, (3) identify resources to help employers implement the framework in accordance with their workplace needs, and (4) develop a roadmap/framework of actions and implementation steps.
The Quality Jobs Framework was developed in close collaboration with the Council and informed by: (1) a multipronged research approach which included a review of existing regional case studies; (2) a nationwide scan of best practices; and (3) a series of interviews with relevant organizations and leaders throughout the region to identify core components of a quality job.
In July 2022, the Quality Jobs Framework was released. It is a blueprint for actionable, detailed strategies for companies to improve their jobs and work conditions.
The Framework offers strategies for organizations seeking practical guidance on how to create quality jobs in the region. As next steps, organizations can do the following:
Quality Job Council participants included individuals representing workers and people with disabilities, labor, government and private industry:
Accel Plastics | Clackamas County | Ebon Oluchi, Worker Representative | Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) | Isis Harris, Worker Representative | Legacy Health | NAACP, Vancouver Branch | O’Neill Construction Group | Oregon AFL-CIO | Oregon City Chamber of Commerce | Oregon Metro | Partners in Diversity | Port of Portland | Prosper Portland | SEIU UHW-West & Education Fund | Saara Hirsi, Worker Representative | Urban League of Portland | Walgreens | Woodcraft Industries
The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) is a partnership that delivers a unified approach to serve industry, support economic development and guide public workforce investments in the Portland-Southwest Washington area. Members are Clackamas Workforce Partnership, Workforce Southwest Washington and Worksystems. The three organizations have been collaborating for approximately 12 years and their partnership has brought nearly $61 million of funding for workforce development into the Portland-Southwest Washington metro area.