Local Workers Rally For Jobs At $546M Airport Expansion Project

NEW ORLEANS – A construction update will be issued today to disclose the progress of the new $546 million terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport, but, according to Robert McClendon with NOLA.com| The Times-Picayune, a labor protest may steal its thunder.

         McClendon reports Stand with Dignity, a grass-roots organization of low-income residents and workers in New Orleans, are calling the rally because they want to ensure local unemployed black men will be a part of the airport construction contract. Unemployment among the city’s African American male population has been reported to be as high as 52%, McClendon reports.

         Stand With Dignity wants local hiring targets and training and career advancement for laborers to be included in the city's selection criteria for the contract, McClendon reports.

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         At today’s meeting, a workforce development plan is scheduled to be presented, McClendon reports.

         The contractors awarded the contract include Hunt Construction Group, Gibbs Construction, Boh Bros. Construction Co. and Metro Service Group.

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