Clergy, Labor Unions Hope For Minority Inclusion in IDOT Projects

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – Church and city leaders will meet with Illinois Department of Transportation officials to hold a prayer service and celebrate a new labor agreement in East St. Louis Wednesday morning.

Churches from Springfield, the Quad Cities, even Chicago will give thanks for diversity on current state-funded road and bridge projects. They will also pray for continued progress.

IDOT and labor unions signed off on the Project Labor Agreement, which set minimum requirements for state-funded bridge and road projects. Activists from the group, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, spoke out for low-income workers, women, and workers of color during negotiations.

Now, that the state and labor have reached this agreement, community leaders have something to say at today’s meeting too.  In the face of huge federal spending cuts, also known as the sequester, they want to see transportation be a priority for precious federal dollars.

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks will meet the group at the Good Shepard Of Faith UCC at 10 a.m.  IDOT secretary Ann Schneider is also expected to attend. Then, they will board a bus tour of the new bridge and other IDOT projects around East St. Louis.

The meeting is part of Gamaliel`s nationwide campaign called ‘Fire of Faith: Rekindling Our Congregations, Rekindling Our Economy, Rekindling Our Democracy. Leaders want to see 1 million people in living-wage jobs by 2015.

The Good Shepherd of Faith UCC holds meetings for anyone looking for construction work. Organizers meet in the kitchen every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd of Faith UCC
1514 Kansas Ave.
East St. Louis, IL  62202
gsofesl3@sbcgloabl.net

http://newriverbridge.org/business-workforce-project-opportunities.html

http://gamalielofmetrochicago.org/?page_id=2149

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