Mayoral forum to highlight job-creation plans

Mayoral candidates will discuss their plans to create more jobs in Boston at a forum Friday.

The event is organized by five community and jobs groups: Action for Regional Equity, Boston Jobs Coalition, Community Labor United, Right to the City Boston, and Youth, Justice and Power Union.

Eleven of the 12 candidates have said they would attend, according to organizers. Among the planned topics:

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-- Increasing access to construction and permanent jobs for Boston residents, specifically people of color and women.

-- Setting a city standard for wages and benefits for jobs in companies that receive city funds or tax breaks.

-- Expanding access and funding for youth summer jobs and yearround jobs.

-- Raising job quality and standards, the right to form unions, and increasing the minimum wage.

-- Ending discrimination in public hiring.

The forum will take place at the Reggie Lewis Center Gymnasium, 1350 Tremont St. from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Several of the candidates have already issued economic plans.