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CWA Overview

A Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) is a comprehensive pre-hire collective bargaining agreement between King County and labor unions that sets the basic terms and conditions of employment for public works construction projects.

  • Construction projects that include Priority Hire requirements are subject to a Community Workforce Agreement
  • The workforce must include a certain percentage of Priority Hire workers
  • Workforce Reporting Requirements
  • Attend monthly Project Administrative Committee (PAC) meeting
  • Complete pre-job conferences for all contractors/subcontractors including the Prime Contractor at least two weeks before starting work on-site
  • Submit Signed Letters of Assents for all contractors/subcontractors
  • Uniform drug testing
  • Follow grievance procedures
  • The workforce must include a certain percentage of Priority Hire workers
  • Establishes Apprenticeship Utilization and Diversity Goals
  • Contractors must submit an Apprenticeship Utilization Plan for approval by the County
  • Unions to prioritize dispatch of Priority Hire workers
  • Preferred Entry (pre-apprenticeship graduates)
  • Standard work hours
  • Weekly pay days
  • Open-shop Contractors are allowed up to 3 Core Workers on an alternating basis
  • All workers must be dispatched through the Union Hiring hall
  • All Contractors must pay Trust Fund Payments and Representational fees for all workers
  • Wage Rates and Fringe Benefits must follow local Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • No strike – no lockout
  • Safety Standards

Current CWA Projects
Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Area 8 Refuse Facility Development and Area 7 State 3 & 4 Closure
  • Contract Amount: $32.6 million
  • Projected Labor Hours: 82,000
  • Projected Construction Duration: 1.5 years
Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station
  • Contract Amount: $137.1 million
  • Projected Labor Hours: 325,000
  • Projected Construction Duration: 5 years (includes all phases)
Sunset and Heathfield Pump Stations and Force Main Upgrade
  • Contract Amount: $36.6 million
  • Projected Labor Hours: 69,000
  • Projected Construction Duration: 2.6 years

Upcoming CWA Projects