Mayor Flynn’s Statement on the Need for Bold, Proactive, Purposeful Board of Supervisors Leadership in Advancing a Community Workforce Agreement to Grow Good, High-Paying, Local Jobs in Ventura County.
Chair Long and Members of the Board of Supervisors.
The issue before you today is whether or not to advance a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) for Ventura County Projects.
The 22-page staff report before you today essentially says that the current system governing County public works projects is good enough for Ventura County government work without creating a CWA.
I say that conclusion entirely misses the essential local jobs creation and retraining mark; especially when the reported unemployment rate in Ventura County at the end of July 2020 was 11.3%, representing over 44,000 people currently unemployed. With over 11,000 of those residing in the City of Oxnard.
Therefore, today I urge the Board of Supervisors to exert bold, proactive, and purposeful political leadership by directing the County Executive to convene a Task Force of seasoned subject matter practitioners charged with developing a refined CWA anchored in the following three main pillars:
- Rebuilding the aging County public works infrastructure in an economically viable and resiliently-sustainable manner.
- Reinvesting in critical skills development for 21st Century jobs, anchored in expanded job apprenticeship programs for Ventura County’s youth
- Revitalizing labor-contractor engagement to collaboratively advance the goal of 100% Local Labor on such publicly-financed County infrastructure rebuilding jobs.
The need for good-paying jobs for all of Ventura County’s residents is critical, the County’s economic-development stakes are high, and the time for action is NOW!
For as RFK wisely said, “If not us, who? If not now, when!”
Thank You! Tim Flynn, Mayor of Oxnard