Community benefits agreement discussed at Stadium Authority Board meeting

LAS VEGAS - The details of some key agreements that have been in the works for months as the Raiders try to finalize some two dozen documents before stadium construction begins were revealed Thursday.

One of the documents is called the community benefits agreement. It's already drawn a lot of concern from the public, and that's before details were ever released.

The community benefits agreement essentially states how the Raiders will contribute to the community as they put their footprint here in the valley.  A big part of that is in the workforce.

The agreement has three key provisions intended to give locals a leg-up as the stadium is built and later operated.  Here's the breakdown.

First, Nevada small businesses must get at least 15 percent of the contracts to do construction work on the stadium, which was already written into law when state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1 to fund the stadium.

Next, the team proposes 38 percent of the construction workforce be made up of women and minority workers.  Once the stadium is built, that number jumps to 55 percent during events.

The Raiders say those three policies exceed what is required by law, but community organizers say it's not enough.

Public Comment: "It is sad to me that we still have this crap that you have to have people in a document to hire them." 
Gene Collins: "We were concerned about the Historical West Side and North Las Vegas, so we wanted to meet with the Raider family, we wanted to meet with the NFL, and guess what? We have no response as we speak.
Raiders Attorney: "We researched what the most aggressive minority hiring targets were, and exceeded them. That 38 percent target on construction is the highest minority workforce target in the history of building stadiums in America." 

According to state law, the Raiders are only required to produce an agreement, but what's in it is up for negotiation.

Raiders reps say those three measurable metrics far exceed those in any other stadium agreements nationwide.

One interesting point: In the agreement, it's written that the Raiders are responsible for policing themselves as to whether or not they are holding up their end of the deal.

An oversight board can also intervene, but three of its seven members are chosen by the Raiders.
    


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