Metro Detroit AFL-CIO Recommends No Vote on Both Detroit Community Benefits Proposals

City Council Should Work Together to Create a Better Ordinance that will Protect Good Jobs and Strong Communities

Contact: Rick Blocker, President, 313-961-0800

DETROIT-- Detroit residents will be presented with two competing community benefits ordinances on the November ballot. The Metro Detroit AFL-CIO urges its members and allies to vote no on both.

The Metro and our affiliated unions have supported community benefits for years, in particular supporting the negotiation of community benefits agreements on construction projects across the city--from the new bridge in Southwest Detroit to Henry Ford Hospital’s expansion in the West Grand Boulevard neighborhood to the proposed redevelopment of the State Fairgrounds. Because of the long-term importance of making sure our city and region grow together, we worked with partners from the faith, neighborhood, and environmental communities to create Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4) to support coalitions working to create “win-win” projects that ensure host communities share in the benefits of development. 

We recognize the positive efforts of the community activists and City Council members who have crafted Proposals A and B; however, we believe both proposals are flawed and would create unintended consequences for working class Detroiters. 

Therefore, we urge Detroit voters to vote no on both Proposal A and B. Following a no vote, we urge City Council to work together with labor, community, and business partners to craft a new community benefits ordinance that will truly create the “win-win” projects we all want to see.