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Community Workforce Agreement Task Force

Community Workforce Agreement Task Force

Resolution 40124, passed by the Tacoma City Council on October 2, 2018, directed the City Manager to establish a Task Force to examine and make recommendations regarding a Priority Hiring Ordinance (PHO) and a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA). This Task Force will study different PHOs and CWAs implemented around the country in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. The Resolution also directs the Task Force to consider a disparity study, commissioned by the City, that details the differences in hiring practices for City construction projects. After consideration of these topics, the Task Force will issue its recommendations to the City Council.


Mission Statement

The Task Force has adopted the following mission statement that will guide its work:


The mission of the Advisory Committee is to review hiring of (1) residents who live in economically distressed areas of the City and (2) Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) in City public works projects and a provide recommendation as to whether a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) and/or Priority Hiring Ordinance (PHO) would promote hiring from these two groups. The Advisory Committee will review a draft CWA and PHO developed by staff and offer recommendations on these draft documents. The Advisory Committee may consider and recommend other potential City actions as well.


The Advisory Committee provided its report and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on March 27, 2019.


View the Community Workforce Agreement Task Force Work Plan


Documents and Meeting Minutes/Agendas


Meeting Date Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes Additional Documents
December 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes

Authorizing Resolution

Advisory Committee Charter

Advisory Committee Ground Rules 

Staff Presentation on Tacoma's Current State

Griffin & Strong Disparity Study (Full Report)

Economically Distressed ZIP Codes: Visual and Chart

January 9, 2019  Agenda


AGC Press Release

AGC Background on CWAs

Griffin & Strong Opinion Memo (Submitted)

Cornell Study (2011)

National Stadium Local Hire Report (2008)

Port of Oakland PLA (2016 Progress Report)

Santa Ana CWA (2017)

School Construction Reports: Ohio and California

January 30, 2019  Agenda Minutes

Staff Follow Up Memos: Dec. 21 and January 9

Questions for CWA Jurisdictions: San Francisco and Cleveland

Challenges and Opportunities: Instructions and Worksheet

THA Presentation

Full Meeting Packet

February 20, 2019  Agenda


WorkForce Central Presentation

Washington Apprenticeship Growth & Expansion Study

Homework Responses

LA Unified School District Study

Tool Center Apprenticeship Training Notice

Staff Follow Up Memo

February 27, 2019  Agenda Minutes (Draft)

Draft CWA (Original) 

Draft CWA (Section-by-Section Mark-up)

Draft Ballot of Concepts to Promote City's Public Hiring Goals

LEAP v Priority Hire and SBE Programs

Stanta Ana Responses

March 13, 2019  Agenda Minutes
March 27, 2019      Final Report


Task Force Membership

Tim Attebery and Mark Martinez co-chair the Task Force. The full list of members include:


Tim Attebery, Southern District Manager, Associated General Contractors of Washington
Yolanda Brooks, Tacoma Ministerial Alliance
Martha Cerna, Executive Director, Puget Sound Latino Chamber of Commerce
James Faison, Owner, Faison Construction, Inc.
Eric Frank, Owner, Sustain-A-Build-ity
Nathaniel Lawver, Political Director and Community Liaison, Laborers Local 252
Frank Lemos, President, National Minority Business Advisory Council
Mark Martinez, Executive Secretary, Pierce County Building Trades
Michael Mirra, Executive Director, Tacoma Housing Authority
Marilynn Moch, Owner, Phoenix Builders, LLC
Korbett Moseley, Director of Family Stability Initiatives, United Way
Arti O'Brien, Owner, Advanced Government Services, Inc.
Billie Otto, Chief Strategy and Risk Officer, Absher
Loren Pease, Vice President/General Manager, Pease Construction, Inc.
Justin Satiacum, TERO Compliance Officer, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Halene Sigmund, President, Construction Industry Training Council
Michael Tucci, President, Tucci and Sons, Inc.

Lyle Quasim, President, Tacoma/Pierce County Black Collective 


City of Tacoma Staff Support

Karen Reed, Facilitator
Tadd Wille, Assistant City Manager
Jeff Jenkins, Assistant Director of Public Works
Daniel Murillo, Community and Economic Development, Housing Division Manager
Terry Ryan, Power Section Assistant Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Steve Victor, City Attorney's Office
Martha Lantz, City Attorney's Office
Clifford Armstrong, Community and Economic Development, LEAP Contract and Program Auditor
Patsy Best, Procurement and Payables Division Manager
Reid Bennion, Management Analyst, Public Works
Nick Anderson, Management Analyst, Office of Management and Budget

Meeting Information



Tacoma Municipal Building North

733 Market Street, Room 16

Tacoma, WA 98402 



All meetings are from 9:30 AM-noon unless otherwise noted


December 21, 2018

Center for Urban Waters

12 PM - 2:30 PM



January 9, 2019



January 30, 2019



February 13, 2019

Cancelled due to weather


February 20, 2019

9 AM - 11:30 AM



February 27, 2019



March 13, 2019



March 27, 2019

Additional Meeting Added