Monday, May 21, 2012

The Barclays Center hiring plan, incomplete statistics on hiring/contracting (vs. CBA goals), and the difference between self-reporting and an Independent Compliance Monitor

I reported April 30 that, despite estimates that 150 to 200 of the promised 2000 jobs at the Barclays Center would be full-time, a more precise prediction was 105, according to a slide presentation by officials representing the arena.

Now I have the full presentation, reproduced at bottom.

What's missing: contracting

 While the slides may seem to be self-explanatory, there is some information missing.

For example, Forest City Ratner counts 16.3% of contract dollars going to MBE (minority business enterprises) and 6.3% WBE (women's business enterprises).

Unmentioned:  the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) on p. 18 sets goals of 20% for MBE firms and 10% for WBE firms.

Nor were Forest City's statistics not segmented into New York City or Brooklyn firms, despite CBA language regarding preference for "Community based firms."

What's missing: construction hiring

In the week ending April 15, of the total construction workforce of 836, 442 were New York City residents, of which 186 were Brooklyn residents.

However, officials didn't explain how that breaks down into FTE (full-time equivalent). As I wrote in January, the total number of FTE jobs is probably some 25% lower.

Unmentioned:  the CBA on p. 13 sets goals of 35% for minority workers and  10% for women workers. We didn't learn what the percentages were for minority and women workers.

What's missing: the Independent Compliance Monitor

The missing numbers above should not be a secret.

Though Forest City plans to prioritize local hiring for the arena jobs and to report quarterly on the success of its hiring plan, it has not hired the Independent Compliance Monitor required by the CBA to oversee the various parties' obligations under the CBA and to review the developer's reports.

In other words, self-reporting should not be seen as sufficient.

The PowerPoint document

Barclays Center Hiring Plan 5-10-12

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