Mayor Jim Kenney is doubling down on his expectation that the beverage tax will survive a court challenge by proceeding with a scaled-down version of the city’s massive infrastructure project in the face of City Council opposition.
Kenney and the trades’ leader, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, are clashing with City Council over the terms of an agreement to boost minority participation among the construction unions. Dougherty said he won’t negotiate further with Council after having struck an accord with the mayor.
The city will pay up to $424,000 to a Philadelphia-based construction-monitoring and consulIng firm to help ensure minority participation in the rebuilding of parks and recreaIon centers.
Philadelphia’s vote to update city government procurement procedures from selection of the lowest responsible bidder to selection of a contractor exhibiting “best value,” came just in time for Rebuild, the city’s $500 million initiative to improve dilapidated parks, recreation centers and libraries.
The historically narrow pipeline for minorities into Philadelphia’s building trades just got a little wider.
City Council has new programs aimed at diversifying the union workforce, but that goal is easier said than done, workers say.
The amendments were made to legislate diversity requirements into Rebuild hiring beyond the memorandum of understanding currently being negotiated between the Kenney administration leadership and the Trades, Council President Clarke said Monday.
In a firm display of unity, four City Council members pledged to push for diversity and inclusion in the city’s $500 million Rebuild initiative.
New efforts are underway to boost the numbers of women and minorities in the city’s construction trades.
During a press conference held this week at City Hall, elected officials joined business and labor leaders in touting new initiatives as models for minorities and women to gain access to the building trades.