STEP Frequently Asked Questions:
HAS CONSTRUCTION BEGUN?
The Spokane Tribe is planning to open Phase One of its mixed-use development with a grand celebration in Fall 2017. The phased project consists of a casino-resort facility, parking facilities, retail space, Tribal Cultural Center, commercial space, and a fire and police station. Phase One construction which began in November 2016, includes an initial Phase One Casino with approximately 450 gaming machines, 12 table games, with food and beverage amenities.
WHO IS THE PHASE ONE GENERAL CONTRACTOR?
The Spokane Tribe has hired Swinerton Builders as the General Contractor for Phase One construction. Swinerton Builders is a 125-year-old company with offices located in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Texas. Swinerton and all construction sub-contractors are committed to abiding by the Spokane Tribe’s TERO policies and the Community Workforce Agreement between the Tribe, Swinerton Builders and the Northeastern Washington-North Idaho Building and Contruction Trades Council (Trades Council). To learn more about the General Contractor please visit www.swinerton.com.
WHAT IS TERO?
The Spokane Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) requires that all employers/contractors engaged in business on or near the Spokane Indian Reservation give preference to qualified Native Americans in all aspects of employment, contracting, and all other business or economic development activities. Many Tribes across the country have enacted similar ordinances, which are designed to address discriminatory and other historical barriers tribal members face while seeking employment and business opportunities on or near Indian reservations. The Spokane Tribe TERO office can be reached at (509) 458-6529.
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY WORKFORCE AGREEMENT?
The Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) requires that Phase One be constructed in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the TERO Ordinance, the wage scale Tribal Council has set for the project, and the collective bargaining agreements for the various Trades Council affiliates. The purpose of the CWA is to secure the timely construction of Phase One in a manner that ensures quality and value while providing:
• Tribal Member Employment • Tribal Member Contractor Opportunities
• Family Wage Employment • A Safe and Clean Work Environment
• Apprenticeship Training • Employment and Career Opportunities
• Affordable Health Care • A Retirement Plan
HOW MANY JOBS WILL THE PROJECT CREATE?
At full buildout and operation, the Project will be responsible for bringing over 5,000 full time and construction jobs to the region. Over 1,200 construction jobs with wages of approximately $65 million will be created over the phased build-out. Post-construction total annual payroll is expected to reach over $66 million in food and beverage, management, security, surveillance, information technology, special events, retail, lodging, human resources, and marketing among other trades and professions. The Spokane Tribe held the first STEP job fair on December 20, 2016 focusing on construction related jobs. Future job fairs and specific jobs will be announced through the STEP website.
Stay in touch with project details by visiting stepspokane.com and the STEP Facebook page.