jobs

Jobs

Help fight for jobs in our neighborhoods! Minority communities have higher unemployment rates than the overall population, and the goal of this campaign is to change that. We need jobs that pay good wages and benefits, so that we can support our families and better our communities.

With all of the tax dollars thrown at developers for new construction in our cities in Texas, we think taxpayers should get a return on that investment.

That’s why TOP, along with churches, trade unions, and other community organizations, is pushing for community benefits agreements with developers and government agencies that will guarantee good jobs, local hiring and training opportunities in our communities.

Also, with the expansion of the Port of Houston, and as more jobs are brought into the area, residents need to have access to these new jobs, as well as job training that will allow them to succeed.

Latest under this Campaign

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What Are the Economic Opportunities in Greater Houston?

All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill […]

Pay Day Lenders

Payday lenders retreat in the face of new restrictions

Two years ago, on a 2½-mile stretch of Westheimer between Gessner and Voss, strip malls lining the roadway had no fewer than 11 storefronts hawking payday and auto title loans. Anyone in need of a quick buck – and willing to pay exorbitant interest rates – could choose between Cash America, Loan Star Title Loans, […]

Development

Houston drags its feet on getting the most out of tax breaks

At the end of June, Harris County approved a $7 million property tax abatement for a giant Amazon distribution center at the intersection of I-45 and Beltway 8, a sweetener aimed at keeping Amazon from locating to another community with lower taxes. Amazon didn’t have to prove it needs the money. And it probably doesn’t: […]