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Last-Minute Affirmative Action Ordinance Passes

By Sylvia Maria Gross

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Kansas City, MO – In one of its last acts, the outgoing city council in Kansas City Missouri passed an affirmative action plan for all city construction projects on Thursday (April 26, 2007). The ordinance requires all city contractors to have a workforce comprised of 10 percent minorities and 2 percent women. A coalition of contractors, community leaders, clergy and unions developed the plan over the past couple of years but critics say the goals are too low, and the legislation will be open to legal challenges. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports on the debate and speaks to Ronna Holloman-Hughes of the Friends of Greater Kansas City Coalition of African American Skilled Trade Workers.

This story was produced for KC Currents.

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