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June 21, 2011

More contrasts between Staples Community Benefits Agreement in Los Angeles and Atlantic Yards CBA

Atlantic Yards Report

I've already written about some key differences between the pioneering Staples Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in Los Angeles and the Atlantic Yards CBA, the first in New York. Notably, the coalition of 29 groups, the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice (FCCEJ), based their negotiating position on responses to flaws in the environmental review, while the Atlantic Yards CBA was signed before the environmental review began.

And, as noted by Bettina Damiani of Good Jobs New York in her 5/26/05 testimony to the New York City Council, testimony that was ignored by the media at the time:

Perhaps the most striking is that elsewhere CBAs are negotiated by one broad coalition of groups that would otherwise oppose a project, a coalition that includes labor and community organizations representing a variety of interests.... In the BAY case, several groups, all of which have publicly supported the project already, have each engaged in what seem to be separate negotiations on particular issues.

More contrasts

Another look at the Staples CBA (embedded below) shows that it addressed some issues still unresolved in the Atlantic Yards debate, including residential permit parking and reporting of results.

Residential permit parking remains on the table. And some elements of the Staples CBA, such as living wage jobs and community input on tenants, were ignored, as Brian Carreira pointed out in the December 2004/January 2005 Brooklyn Rail.
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With Atlantic Yards, there's supposed to be an Independent Compliance Monitor, but no such monitor was ever hired, and CBA signatories--the only ones able to enforce it--have not publicly complained.

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Posted by eric at June 21, 2011 10:06 AM