Local Hiring Program

Local hiring means local opportunities for local workers on public works projects funded by local dollars. For social justice advocates, this means targeting jobs for historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities in order to break persistent cycles of poverty and unemployment. Public works projects covered by local hiring policies and project labor agreements with strong local hiring provisions help guarantee community access to jobs with high wages, benefits, and working condition protections.

Brightline's work on local hiring began in late 2008 alongside the Southeast Jobs Coalition: Young Community Developers, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Aboriginal Blackmen United, Anders & Anders Foundation, Arc Ecology, Visitacion Valley Community Development, Positive Directions Equals Change, and Inner City Youth. Brightline and the Coalition teamed up for advocacy efforts to reform local hiring policies at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco City College throughout 2009. A phone call from Supervisor John Avalos the morning of January 26, 2010, however, kicked off our SF Community Jobs Campaign for citywide reform and the eventual adoption of San Francisco's landmark "Local Hiring Policy for Construction" on December 25, 2010.

Brightline Summit Report and the New Year
Posted Wed, Dec 21, 2016
To elevate its community partners in San Francisco and beyond, policy nonprofit Brightline Defense presents its December 2016 report from its first-ever policy summit: ā€¯Brightline Sustainability Report: Jobs and Environmental Justice for t...
San Francisco Local Hire Law Heralded as "Wild Success"
Posted Wed, Jun 22, 2016
The past five years have borne witness to an unwavering tenacity and dedication of community advocates and other stakeholders that have led to groundbreaking results: local hiring in San Francisco has been validated a...
Brightline 2015 Year in Review
Posted Fri, Jan 01, 2016
Local Hiring Gains Traction Nationwide
Five years after the passage of San Francisco's landmark Local Hiring Policy for Construction, San Francisco's local hiring has jumped from 20% in 2010 to 45%, and construction worksites saw increased gender and racial diversity. Across the nation, local hiring is rapid...
Local Hiring Hits the Road
Posted Thu, Sep 17, 2015
In the last few months, local hiring has rapidly gained traction as an anti-poverty tool utilized at the local, state, and now federal level. As cities across the country have rapidly moved to enact new local hiring policies to target disadvantaged communities with high unemployment, the federal government has now take...
Local Hiring Coast to Coast
Posted Mon, Jul 13, 2015
Over the last year, public policy nonprofit Brightline has worked in New Jersey to share local job creation policies and workforce development for communities in need. For decades, "good faith" hiring efforts have largely failed to achieve the desired goals of significantly increasing diversity in the workplace. With m...


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SF Community Jobs Campaign
Reforming San Francisco's "good faith" local hiring policies in order to guarantee community access to good-paying, high quality blue-collar and green-collar jobs.

Brightline Sustainability Report: Jobs and Environmental Justice in the Bay Area
Posted Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Local Hiring

Wanted: Community Jobs Policy For San Francisco
Posted Mon, Nov 15, 2010
Local Hiring

Coalition letter to the California Workforce Development Board
· Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Brightline letter to the California Workforce Development Board
· Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Local Hiring Hits the Road
· Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Big Names at San Francisco Local Hiring Victory Party
Posted Thu, Feb 24, 2011
(Bay Citizen)

Mandatory Local Hiring Becomes Law In San Francisco
Posted Thu, Dec 30, 2010
(SF Bayview)

State Lawmaker Vows To Fight San Francisco Local-Hiring Law
Posted Mon, Dec 27, 2010
(Bay Citizen)

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