BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.90 First Source Jobs Policy

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Chapter 3.90
First Source Jobs Policy


3.90.010 Definitions.
3.90.020 First source register created.
3.90.030 Employment agreement required.
3.90.040 Reports.
3.90.050 Enforceability.
3.90.060 Severability.

3.90.010 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter the term:

A. "Beneficiary" means:

1. The recipient of any Industrial Revenue Bonds, tax abatement, Urban Development Action Grants, Small Business Administration Loan, or Community Development Block Grant funds from the City or from agencies substantially controlled by the City including the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Industrial Development Agency, the Community Development Agency, and the Local Development Company;

2. The "anchor" tenant of any development benefiting from St. Louis City government funds as described in subsection A of this section, or any tenant or lessee of such a development that has thirty (30) or more total employees at that site;

3. The terms and conditions created by this chapter shall not be binding on individuals, partnerships, or corporation during the construction of any facility relating to a government-assisted project, or for the temporary construction jobs on a completed facility.

B. "Employment agreement" means a contract executed by the City and the beneficiary which details the number and description of each "entry-level" job for which the beneficiary is required to use the first source register.

C. "Entry-level job" means any non-managerial, non-professional, or non-technical position, for which little or no prior work experience or vocational skill training is required to successfully perform the job tasks.

D. "First source register" means a listing of low-income City residents.

E. "Government-assisted project" means any project funded in whole or in part with St. Louis City funds as described in subsection A of this section.

F. "Low income city resident" means: Any City resident who is eligible for Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) services under Public Law 97-300, which includes any recipient of food stamps, any member of a household with a family income at or below the poverty level as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), or any one with a major barrier to employment such as the handicapped, veterans, teenage parents, high school dropouts, dislocated (laid off) workers, older workers, and ex-offenders. Such individuals must be at least seventeen and one-half (17) years old and not currently enrolled in secondary school.
(Ord. 60275 1, 1987.)

3.90.020 First source register created.

A. The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) shall compile and maintain a first source register.

B. In compiling and maintaining the first source register, SLATE shall contact community organizations, civic and citizen associations for names of low-income city residents. As budget and staffing permit, SLATE is hereby authorized to periodically place staff at a wide variety of locations as it shall be predetermined, e.g., public health centers, food stores, temporary office, police stations, schools, churches, etc., for purposes of updating lists of low-income City residents.
(Ord. 60275 2, 1987.)

3.90.030 Employment agreement required.

The City shall include for every government-assisted project a requirement that the beneficiary enter into an employment agreement with SLATE:

A. The first source for finding employees to fill all entry-level jobs created by the government-assisted project will be the first source register. The goal of each employment agreement will be that one hundred percent (100%) of entry-level jobs will be hired from the first source register, with sixty percent (60%) as the minimum acceptable performance. It is understood that after a reasonable time frame (established within the agreement), the employer shall be free to fill remaining entry level jobs from other sources.

B. The first source for finding employees to fill all vacancies occurring in an entry-level job covered by an employment agreement (during the term of the Agreement) will be the first source register.
(Ord. 60275 3, 1987.)

3.90.040 Reports.

SLATE shall submit a report to the Board of Aldermen of the City within ten (10) working days following each calendar quarter. The report shall include, for each preceding three-month period:

A. The number of government-assisted projects for which employment agreements were executed;

B. The number of entry-level jobs covered by each employment agreement;

C. The number of low-income City residents actually employed in each government-assisted project;

D. The number of low-income City residents on the first source register.
(Ord. 60275 4, 1987.)

3.90.050 Enforceability.

A. If during the term of an employment agreement the employer should transfer possession of all or a portion of its business concerns affected by the agreement to any other part by a lease, sale, assignment, or otherwise, the employer as a condition of transfer shall inform any other party of any existing agreement. Subsequently, best efforts will be used by SLATE to negotiate a new first source agreement.

B. In those instances of an employers failure to comply with the terms of the agreement, SLATE shall issue a corrective action citation specifying all areas of noncompliance and a time limit for resolution of the identified problems. Failure to remedy said "noncompliance" issues may result in the recommendations to the appropriate operating agency for withdrawal/reduction of public incentives, the filing of a complaint with the pertinent Federal Agency, and/or a disbarring or denial of any future opportunities for said company to utilize City economic incentives or other appropriate actions.
(Ord. 60275 5, 1987.)

3.90.060 Severability.

In the event any provision of the chapter shall be held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, such holding shall not invalidate or render unenforceable any other provision hereof.
(Ord. 60275 6, 1987.)

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