Quality Jobs Initiative


Quality Jobs Initiative

Workforce Equity is not a zero-sum game. Evaluating the job descriptions within your organization – why are we struggling to attract quality applicants? Why are we struggling to retain quality team members? 

Purpose: The purpose of the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) Quality Jobs Initiative is a commitment to designing and developing a regional approach with: 

  • Workers
  • Employers
  • Job Seekers
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Economic Developers, and
  • Local Municipalities to define, support, and promote quality jobs.

Guiding Principles

  • Prioritizes advancing workforce equity
  • Must be aligned with workforce programs and target customer supply
  • Storytelling component to elevate partners/companies
  • Blueprint for companies who want to make improvements for their workforce
  • Inclusive of all companies who express commitment to provide quality jobs
  • Data driven – wage standards based on self-sufficiency standard and/or other best practices

Common Themes

  • Wages sufficient to cover basic living expenses, a stable/predictable income, and opportunities to build wealth/assets;
  • Working conditions that are safe, free from discrimination and harassment, and have a process to engage with workers and their ideas for improvement;
  • Stable/predictable work hours; and
  • A package of benefits that facilitate a healthy, stable life.
  • Opportunity to build skills and advance in a career pathway.

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