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File #: 22-0137R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Hiring Initiatives - Spanish Speakers
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 9/19/2022 In control: Education and Youth Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Hiring Initiatives - Spanish Speakers For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services, the Office of Equity and Civil Rights, and the Baltimore City Public School System to discuss the hiring of Spanish speakers for employment in City government.
Sponsors: Odette Ramos, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, Mark Conway, Kristerfer Burnett
Indexes: Hiring, Informational Hearing, Initiative, Spanish Speakers
Attachments: 1. LAW 22-0137R, 2. 22-0137R HR, 3. DHCD 22-0137R, 4. 22-0137R DGS, 5. 22-0137R(2)~1st Reader, 6. DPW_22-0137R, 7. MIMA_22-0137R, 8. DOT 22-0137R, 9. 04l BCPS report 22-0137R, 10. XX Final Synopsis 22-0137R, 11. BCRP 22-0137R, 12. MOED Bill 22-0137R, 13. XX 1 Writtem testimony 22-0137R, 14. 311 Call Center Spanish Language Line Metrics, 15. Bill 22-0137R Letter to City Council, 16. 22-0137R City Schools, 17. XX Packet - Written Testimony Received 2 2 23 Meeting, 18. XX Final Hearing Notes 22-0137R 2 2 23
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
2/2/20230 Education Workforce and Youth    Action details Meeting details Not available
1/9/20230 Education Workforce and Youth Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/20220 Education Workforce and Youth Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of General Services  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Baltimore City Public School System  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Human Resources  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Public Works  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Housing and Community Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Recreation and Parks  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Transportation  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Mayor's Office of Employee Development  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/19/20220 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/19/20220 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill                R

                     (Resolution)

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Ramos

                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

                     A Resolution Entitled

 

A Council Resolution concerning

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Informational Hearing - Hiring Initiatives - Spanish Speakers

For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services, the Office of Equity and Civil Rights, and the Baltimore City Public School System to discuss the hiring of Spanish speakers for employment in City government.

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Whereas, the 2020 Census noted a 76% increase in the Hispanic and Latino population of Baltimore City, rising from 25,960 residents in 2010 to 45,927 residents at the time of the survey.

 

Whereas, despite this stark increase, analysis of post-enumeration survey data from the 2020 Census revealed that Hispanic and Latino populations in both rural and urban areas were  detrimentally undercounted.

 

Whereas, this significant undercounting has serious implications for Hispanic and Latino residents with regard to issues including health care, education, and representation in State and City government.

 

Whereas, the dramatic increase in Hispanic and Latino residents is indicative of a population that is no longer limited to Broadway, Eastern Avenue, and Highlandtown, but rather integrated and integral throughout the many neighborhoods and communities of Baltimore City.

 

Whereas, Baltimore City government should reflect the population it seeks to represent, including its Hispanic and Latino residents, in order to promote municipal services that are open and accessible to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whereas, data regarding Hispanic and Latino residents in Baltimore City have consistently revealed detrimental under-use of City government services. For instance, Baltimore City 311 services received 660,000 calls in English but only 2,000 in Spanish between January 2020 and December 2021, suggesting a critical under-use by Spanish speaking residents.

 

Whereas, the Baltimore City Health Department hired Spanish speaking community health workers and staff to reach thousands of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort resulted in the Hispanic and Latino population having the highest vaccination rate in the City. This is a model that worked, and could work across the City to ensure that Hispanic and Latino residents take advantage of essential city services.

 

Whereas, Baltimore City government employs approximately 13,000 people in a variety of jobs, which can be a route to a living wage and family-supporting income.

 

Whereas, Baltimore City government should seek to increase the number of  Spanish speaking employees in public-facing roles, including an examination of relevant City hiring processes aimed at recruiting and retaining Spanish speaking employees.

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the City Council of Baltimore, that the City Council invites representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services, the Office of Equity and Civil Rights, and the Baltimore City Public School System to discuss the hiring of Spanish speakers for employment in City government. 

 

And be it further resolved, that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Director of the Department of Human Resources, the Director of the Department of Public Works, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Director of the Department of Transportation, the Director of the Department of General Services, the Director of the  Office of Equity and Civil Rights, the Chief Executive Officer of the Baltimore City Public School System, and the Mayor’s Legislative Liaison to the City Council.