Good Jobs Standards

The Good Jobs Standards

The Roxbury Good Jobs Standards Initiative

A coalition initiative advocating for good jobs and access to them!

  • Formed in May 2019
  • Met with developers bidding on Plan: Nubian Square parcels

Focused on working to ensure Plan: Nubian Square projects provide the following for Roxbury residents:

  • Living wages
  • Permanent jobs
  • Stable works shifts (if part-time jobs)
  • Access to health insurance

Seven Good Jobs Standards:

At least 51% of total employees on the Parcel, and each employer occupying the Parcel…

  1. … shall be by bona fide Boston residents.
  2. … be People of Color.
  3. … shall be Women.
  4. All employees should be paid a salary or hourly wage equal to or better than Boston’s Living Wage.
  5. At least 75% of all employees on the Parcel, including all employees of each lessee, sub-lessee shall be Full Time, meaning at least 30 hours worked per week.
  6. All employees shall have a stable work schedule, appropriate for the field of work, defined as a schedule that allows for an employee to plan for family care, educational and work obligations and does not include “on- call” time and this schedule cannot be changed more than twice a year.
  7. All Full Time employees shall be offered the opportunity to opt-in to a Company Certified Health Insurance Plan.
  8. The City’s GJS are not applicable to small businesses, defined by the City, as those with fewer than 15 employees or less than $2.5 million in annual revenue.

Who should abide by the Good Jobs Standards?

Seven good jobs standards are written into several DND and BPDA RFPs for Plan: Nubian Square projects!

  • Blair Lot
  • Nawn Factory
  • Parcel 3/Tremont Crossing (RFP not drafted)
  • Parcel 8 (RFP not published)

Here’s how we can strengthen the standards:

  • Apply them to the P3/Tremont Crossing RFP.
  • Mandate the Good Jobs Standards for all developers.
  • Tighten the small business exemption.
  • Fewer than 11 employees or less than $1 million in revenue.
  • Create accountability, monitoring and enforcement.
  • Develop infrastructure to monitor commitments and develop a process to enforce compliance if and when necessary.
  • Create a transparent community process.
  • Publicly post all PRC meeting dates with locations.