SEATTLE OFFICE OF LABOR STANDARDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION FUND 2017-2019 Guidelines Labor Standards Community Outreach and Education Fund The City of Seattle created the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to increase workplace equity and establish a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents. The mission of OLS is to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement, and innovative policy development with a commitment to race and social justice. OLS issues this Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish partnerships that facilitate community outreach and education about Seattle’s labor standards, individualized services to workers in Seattle, and strategic approaches to enforcement, with an emphasis on low-income and historically disenfranchised communities, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, as well as women, veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Total funds available – $1.5 million (proposed) in 2017, and $1.5 million (proposed) in 2018 Contract period – 2 years OLS encourages community-based organizations to develop partnerships to apply for these funds to maximize cross-collaboration and innovative community engagement strategies. OLS will not award funding to any individual organization a with a proposal under $60,000 (per year) and encourage these organizations to submit proposals in partnership with other organizations. RFP Objective For successful implementation of Seattle’s labor standards, workers must understand their rights and businesses must fulfill their obligations. While all workers are at risk for workplace violations, data shows that low-wage workers experience the highest rates of workplace violations. Demographic populations most likely to occupy low-wage jobs and experience workplace violations include female workers, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, workers with disabilities, and youth workers. To achieve racially and socially equitable outcomes in the enforcement of Seattle’s Labor Standards, the Labor Standards Community Outreach and Education Fund specifically supports these targeted populations. The fund seeks to establish collaborative relationships with community-based organizations to: Increase workers’ knowledge and understanding of the rights provided by Seattle’s labor standards through methods that are community centered, culturally relevant and accessible, and language specific; Expand worker’s access to resources to enforce, or otherwise resolve, labor standards violations; Build capacity among community organizations and service providers to provide labor standards services and information to a diverse range of workers, including low-wage earners, people of color and immigrants and refugees; Foster increased collaboration between the Office of Labor Standards and community organizations serving Seattle’s workers, including through strategic enforcement strategies.
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