Thursday, March 21, 2002

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Trade council makes labor pact

        The Greater Cincinnati Building and Construction Trades Council vows to make good on its promise to provide skilled jobs for African-Americans.

        The council today will announce a labor pact with Inner City Healthcare's Walnut Project, a work-force development group partly funded by the Cincinnati Empowerment Corp.

        The agreement calls for 20 percent of new skilled construction jobs in Greater Cincinnati be made available for African-Americans living in nine of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

        Reggie Boyd, manager of the Walnut Project, said the agreement will help residents find jobs and construction firms fill skilled positions.

        “This is not a quota system,” Mr. Boyd said. “This is just a goal.”

        Mr. Boyd said his group will help match workers with construction firms. The contractors are expected to provide on-the-job training.

        The Walnut Group, which receives $629,000 from the federally-funded Cincinnati Empowerment Corp., provides employment services for people with low-wage jobs, those recovering from substance abuse problems and former convicts.

        Information: 961-5913.

— Ken Alltucker

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