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In Illinois, Clergy Gather This Morning to Give Thanks for a Project Labor Agreement

This is a sweet story of the power of organized labor to bring opportunity — and joy — to a community in need. Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) typically include minority, female, and veteran hiring mandates. Thus, a new PLA entered into by the Illinois Department of Transportation is a source of hope for minority hiring in St. Louis, Illinois. Via Fox2 in St. Louis, IL:

Clergy will gather Wednesday morning to celebrate a new agreement between IDOT and labor unions. They will meet at the new Mississippi River bridge to pray for job opportunities for women and people of color.

Several city, church and IDOT leaders will be in East St. Louis Wednesday morning for the celebration, but it’s also a push for inclusion. But not just on the bridge construction, but other IDOT projects as well.

The Illinois Department of Transportation signed off on the project labor agreement that sets goals for state-funded bridge and road construction projects. Activists from the group, Gamaliel of Illinois were instrumental in making sure those goals had low-income workers, women and workers of color in mind.

Churches from all over the state will be here, and Ann Schneider, IDOT Secretary, is expected to be there as well.


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