The New York City Communities that Work Partnership is built on a long-standing collaboration among organizations that worked together to pass the New York State Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (BOR). The New York City partners are aware of how challenging it will be—given the uniquely private nature of domestic work—to enforce new labor regulations. Thus their work has expanded to consider how they can address challenges that affect both workers and their employers through workforce development strategies.
About the Communities that Work Partnership
Skilled workers and good jobs are essential for ensuring robust economic growth, a thriving middle class, and broadly shared prosperity. Increasingly, companies and public agencies — including those in education, workforce, and economic development — are partnering to design innovative ways for workers to gain skills and earn credentials that companies will value and reward. These efforts facilitate the creation of good jobs, support strong businesses, and build healthy communities.
In April 2015, the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative jointly launched the Communities that Work Partnership with the US Economic Development Administration. The purpose of this initiative was to document and accelerate the development of employer-led regional workforce initiatives across the country. Seven competitively-selected sites — in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, New York (upstate and NYC), and Texas — participated in a learning exchange focused on bridging economic and workforce development to strengthen local talent pipelines and improve access to quality employment.
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