A national report, released today by Good Jobs First, celebrates the restoration of the historic St. Paul Union Depot which created 660,000 hours of work for about 2,000 workers across 13 different trades. The report lifts up the work of HIRE Minnesota, whose efforts were instrumental in ensuring that people of color and women were hired for the jobs generated through the Union Depot project. HIRE Minnesota is proud of this significant accomplishment. This is yet another example of how public investments in job creation can reduce racial disparities when there is an intentional focus on equity. Let’s celebrate this victory while we continue to build on its success.
From the report: “The Minnesota Department of Transportation, compiling payroll data, reports that through November 2013, minority workers put in almost 125,000 hours or 18.9 percent of the job (against a target of 18 percent), and that women put in more than 45,000 hours or 6.9 percent (against a target of 6 percent).”
View report online.
Read more about HIRE Minnesota’s campaign victories:
Hiring Equity: Can MnDOT End 20 Years of Failure to Hire People of Color