David will advocate for:
- Substantially increasing number of city contracts awarded to unionized, Black-owned, and POC-owned contractors
- Supporting policies favorable to workers’ and union rights
- Incentivizing worker-owned cooperatives
- Community benefits agreements to ensure that new city projects benefit working people
All Knoxvillians should benefit from their labor rather than putting wealth into the hands of an elite few. We all deserve good jobs with safe workplaces and living wages and to live in a city with strong unions and an empowered working class.
To create the communities and jobs we need, Knoxville must have a strong local economy. We deserve a Knoxville that invests in our economies and workers through a variety of means, including increasing the city contracts given to Black and PoC owned contractors, unions, and cooperatives.
Knoxvillians need businesses and local government to be accountable to workers and the community. Much of downtown already occupies the land of pre-Urban Renewal Black Knoxville, and we continue to see Black and working-class neighborhoods being gentrified and eventually replaced as downtown grows. It’s time that the people benefited from the development in their communities instead of the corporate and privileged few.