CLU Reports

These are CLU's reports starting with the most recent.

More Riders, More Access, Better Service: How Service Assessments Can Strengthen Regional Transit Authorities (December 2013). Recommendations for RTAs as they start carrying out the state’s Legislature’s mandate to to create a comprehensive regional transit plan that meets current needs, attracts new riders, and builds the road toward future growth.

2013 Victories for Public Transit in Massachusetts (December 2013). We won new funding, comprehensive service assessments, fare protection, and a voice and vote on Regional Transit Authority boards. Here are the details.

Good Jobs, Strong Communities – An Agenda for Good Jobs in Boston lists ten ways Boston’s next mayor can make the city’s labor market work for all of Boston, from funding youth jobs to holding companies accountable for the work they contract out. It says the city’s jobs problem is not just a low wages but the growth of no-benefits, no-security, no-leverage work in our economy.

Building a Brighter Day: Energy Efficiency Innovations Yield High Returns for the Commonwealth documents the energy, environmental, and equity gains that will flow from the reforms we won in the state's 2013-2016 energy efficiency plan -- tens millions of dollars for working class families and communities of color, striking savings in health and public budgets, and tons upon tons of greenhouse gas reductions. The report also describes the unique organizing methods that made these wins possible. Download an executive summary here.

Route to Our Future: Transit Solutions for Equity, Sustainability, and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth outlines transit reforms that can grow our state’s economy, cut our carbon emissions, ensure accessibility, and increase racial, economic, and regional equity across the state. It calls on decision-makers to fund public transit, fix it, and make it fair.

Public Information for Better Programs: Why Energy Efficiency Data Reporting Must be Timely, Consistent, Statewide, and Transparent shows how the availability of consistently reported statewide, geographically coded, and timely energy efficiency program data in Massachusetts is good public sector practice that critically aids in improving program design and delivery. It explains the imperative of good data reporting and offers feasible methods for collecting information while protecting customer privacy and proprietary interests.

Recommendations on Pre-Weatherization and Tiered Incentives shows that a small subsidy would allow low-moderate income residents to weatherize their homes, save more than the cost of repairs, recover the money they are paying into Mass Save, and weatherize the oldest, draftiest homes in the Commonwealth. (“Pre-weatherization” measures fix conditions that keep a house from being weatherized such as knob and tube wiring, appliances that emit carbon monoxide, and asbestos.)

Moving Towards Community Driven Energy Efficiency: An Evaluation of Green Justice Coalition’s Community Mobilization Initiatives shows that community organizations can make home weatherization accessible and affordable for low-income communities and communities of color; meet weatherization targets; and create some high-road jobs. The report concludes that utility companies need to adopt broader measures of cost-effectiveness so that we can keep bringing energy efficiency and good jobs to all of the Commonwealth’s communities. Click here for a summary of the report.

Who's Got the Power? draws lessons from the Green Justice Campaign that may be valuable for organizers nationwide.

An Industry at the Crossroads: Energy Efficiency Employment in Massachusetts finds that the state can save taxpayers money and create thousands of high-wage, high-road jobs through Responsible Employer standards, Community Mobilization outreach programs, and community workforce agreements. 

Massachusetts’ 3-Year Energy Efficiency Plans: Creating Access for All? documents barriers that low- to moderate-income residents and weatherization workers are facing as they try to get homes weatherized and get good jobs from the state's energy efficiency programs.

Green Justice Issue Brief lists four obstacles to climate security and equity in energy efficiency programs and presents a plan to overcome each obstacle.

The Green Justice Solution: A Win-Win Plan to Prevent Climate Crisis and Jumpstart an Equitable and Sustainable Economic Recovery analyzes the energy efficiency landscape in Massachusetts and presents a climate justice model for economic recovery and climate security. You can download the full 80-page report or the 8-page summary.

The NonProfit City analyzes the economic impact of Boston's teaching hospitals on the city's tax base and fiscal health.

Running on Fumes: Boston Taxi Drivers Struggle to Make a Living describes a taxi industry that is balanced on the backs of its workers.

Community Labor United has also issued three "framing reports" on inequality in Boston.

The Hourglass Challenge surveys Boston's economy from an organizing perspective. It shows that low and moderate-income residents and residents of color have borne most of the pain as the region has shifted to a service economy, and that shift has undercut local governments’ capacity to provide the supports those working families need to thrive. You can also download a power point presentation on this report.

Earnings, Poverty, and Income Inequality is a 2008 update of The Hourglass Challenge.

Earnings, Poverty and Income Inequality in Boston 2009 examines just-released US Census data and finds deep disparities by gender, race, and national origin including high poverty rates for Asians, high unemployment rates for African-Americans and Latinos, skewed health insurance coverage and homeownership,  -- while over half of the city's individual income goes to the top one-fifth of its residents.

hourglasschallenge.pdf3.38 MB
running_on_fumes.pdf1.58 MB
earnings_poverty_and_income_inequality_final.pdf1.17 MB
nonprofitcity_final.pdf1.03 MB
thegreensolution-full.pdf874.78 KB
thegreensolution-short.pdf303.06 KB
access_for_all.pdf2.82 MB
industry_at_the_crossroads.pdf354.11 KB
cmi_evaluation_full.pdf583.82 KB
cmi_evaluation_summary.pdf1.24 MB
pre-weatherization_brief.pdf216.21 KB
data_reporting_brief.pdf1.96 MB
building_a_brighter_day.pdf16.65 MB
building_a_brighter_day_executive_summary.pdf100.87 KB
good_jobs_agenda.pdf155.04 KB
victories_in_transportation_finance_bill.pdf147.57 KB
csa_recomendations_by_pt-pg.pdf359.4 KB
gaming_the_system-how_employers_short-change_workers_and_get_away_with_it.pdf677.57 KB
clu_a_path_to_better_public_transit_report.pdf2.64 MB