Minority Contractors Protest Lack of Representation

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It's the latest salvo in a continuing argument by African American contractors that they aren't getting their fair share of work on public building jobs. In this case, city regulations mandate a workforce of at least 20% minorities, 5% female and 20% Cleveland residents. From what he could see, standing with the protestors, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell said those numbers were not being met.

KEVIN CONWELL: I don't see any of my residents, any African American people, any people of color, any females working on this site.

Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, 2nd from left, stands with protestors outside the Patrick Henry School construction site.

Schools CEO Eugene Sanders replied that the Patrick Henry project has barely gotten under way. He issued a statement through spokesperson Ben Holbert.

BEN HOLBERT: Subcontractors, including minority business enterprise and female business enterprise, are scheduled to phase-in and to phase on and off the project.

Sanders' statement continued that this process would take place over the next 14 months.

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