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Boston Residents Jobs Policy on construction projects

Last updated: 4/20/18

Boston Residents Jobs Policy on construction projects

The Boston Residents Jobs Policy (BRJP) office monitors the compliance of developers and contractors on private and public development projects in the City of Boston.

In 1983, the Mayor approved an Ordinance which set employment standards for Boston residents, people of color, and women construction workers. The original ordinance stated that private development projects over 100,000 square feet and any public projects had to meet the following employment standards:

  • at least 50 percent of the total work hours in each trade must go to Boston residents
  • at least 25 percent of the total employee work hours in each trade must go to people of color, and
  • at least 10 percent of  the total employee work hours in each trade must go to women.

In 1985, the Ordinance was extended by the Mayor's Executive Order and on January 25, 2017 the Ordinance was amended and new employment standards are effective as of that date. Private development projects over 50,000 square feet and any public development project must meet the following employment standards:

  • at least 51 percent of the total work hours of journey people and fifty-one percent of the total work hours of apprentices in each trade must go to Boston residents;
  • at least 40 percent of the total work hours of journey people and forty percent of the total work hours of apprentices in each trade must go to people of color and;
  • at least 12 percent of the total work hours of journey people and twelve percent of the total work hours of apprentices in each trade must go to women.

 The Boston Residents Jobs Policy (BRJP) office and the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will both monitor projects in the City of Boston under the new Ordinance. All projects being monitored by BRJP or BPDA are subject to review by the Boston Employment Commission (BEC).

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Boston Employment Commission

The Ordinance and the Mayor's Executive Order established the Boston Employment Commission (BEC) as the liaison committee to make recommendations to the BRJP and BPDA regarding enforcement of the Ordinance.

The commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. in Room 801 at Boston City Hall to review BRJP and BPDA reports. The commission is made up of seven members selected by the Mayor.

The BEC members are:
  • Travis Watson, Commission Chair
  • Charles Cofield, Local 67 Business Agent
  • Mark Fortune, Local 151 Business Agent
  • Jorge Martinez, Project RIGHT
  • John Redd, Boston Planning and Development Agency (retired)
  • Deborah Wright, Wentworth Institute of Technology Dean College of Professional and Continuing Education

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2017 Year In Review for projects

PRIVATE PROJECTS
  • Resident hours worked: 1,200,009 (29%)
  • Hours worked by people of color: 1,242,180 (30%)
  • Hours worked by women: 217,018 (5%)
  • Overall work hours: 4,214,849
PUBLIC PROJECTS
  • Resident hours worked: 415,599 (38%)
  • Hours worked by people of color: 588,669 (51%)
  • Hours worked by women: 59,210 (5%)
  • Overall work hours: 1,107,700
ALL PROJECTS
  • Resident hours worked: 1,615,608 (30%)
  • Hours worked by people of color: 1,810,849 (34%)
  • Hours worked by women: 276,228 (5%)
  • Overall work hours: 5,322,549
  • 184 total construction projects (151 public projects / 33 private projects)