Last Friday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chose Mortenson Construction to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. One of the criteria used to select the contractor was how that contractor would meet the stated goals and requirements of the MSFA’s Stadium Equity Plan.
HIRE Minnesota was instrumental in securing the MSFA’s commitment to a Stadium Equity Plan. We pushed the MSFA to release the plan so that the community had time to respond to it and so contractors could address the plan before a contract was signed. The plan was released in January and HIRE Minnesota suggested improvement to the draft plan, including clearer enforcement measures for hiring goals and a more transparent process for reviewing contractors’ reports.
We are pleased to see that this equity plan has been taken seriously by both the MSFA and Mortenson Construction. At last week’s announcement, Mortenson representatives spoke at great length about workforce inclusion and they named Thor Construction, a minority-owned firm, as a key partner in their work.
But we know that meeting the hiring goals requires not just words, but action. We know that the Stadium Equity Plan alone will not guarantee that people of color and women get a fair share of the stadium jobs. The goals will be met because HIRE Minnesota and activists like you will hold decision-makers accountable every step of the way. Join us!