Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Levi Lincoln ( North) Chamber

Convened: 3:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 4:37PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Joseph C O'Brien
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton Councilor Joseph C O'Brien Councilor George J Russell
Also:City Solicitor David M. Moore Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk



Order Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien - Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Economic Development hold a public hearing to welcome the public comments regarding the City Manager's decision not to enforce the Responsible Employee Ordinance. # 20g CC May 15, 2012


Recommend adoption of the accompanying Order: That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the proposed “Responsible Employer” Ordinance (see Exhibit A) as presented by the Community Labor Coalition. Further, request the City Manager request the City Solicitor review this proposed “Responsible Employer” Ordinance and provide City Council with a legal opinion and any recommendations.

Chairman's Orders

Request the Mayor contact the Mayor of San Francisco concerning their Disparity Study and their recently enacted hiring ordinance.

Request City Manager report what employee data is currently being collected on publicly funded job sites; specifically is data collected relative to the number of women or minorities that are hired and is residency kept track of and, further, what is the threshold for gathering data; is data for example collected at smaller funded projects as opposed to larger projects such as the North High School project.

Request City Manager provide an update reporting what percentage of employees for the CitySquare project were Worcester or Worcester County residents.

Request City Manager provide an update concerning employee data collected from the North High School project that reports the number of women and minorities employed and how many of the employees were residents for the city, county or state.