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Fred Davenport WVTM 13 News, March 10, 2021
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Report: Calhoun County manufacturing workers facing low wages, unsafe working conditions, racial and gender discrimination

A research team at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville released a grim report on the experiences workers are facing at manufacturing plants in Anniston and Calhoun County.

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Rocket City Now WZDX, March 10, 2021
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AAMU researchers reveal report on manufacturing industry in Alabama

Research shows workers reported earning below living wage, unpredictable schedules and forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, racial and gender discrimination.

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Alabama A&M: Are good jobs possible in the deep South?

This report, by Dr. Emily Erickson at Alabama A&M University, takes an in-depth look at the costs and benefits of the manufacturing industry’s growth by surveying workers across one city and residents living in the shadows of large manufacturing plants in Alabama.

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New York Times, March 9, 2021
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How Biden is trying to help working-class voters in red-state Alabama

The president’s support for the rights of unionizing Amazon workers delighted political organizers in Alabama who are hoping to build long-term Democratic momentum in a reliably red state.

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Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2021
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Editorial: One way Biden can help Black and Latino communities recover

"President Biden has repeatedly pitched a massive infrastructure spending plan as a way to create good jobs and address systemic racial inequities. But the president will never be able to achieve those goals as long as the government prohibits using federal dollars to encourage targeted local hiring," writes the LA Times Editorial Board.

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Streetsblog Chicago, March 4, 2021
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CTA, peer transit agencies urge Biden administration to end local hiring ban

Transit officials, mayors and community activists from Chicago and elsewhere in the country called on the Biden administration to end long-standing federal regulations dictating that any construction project that uses federal funds can’t favor local companies and residents when it comes to issuing bids and hiring.

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WAER (Syracuse NPR) , March 2, 2021
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Walsh and labor advocate push for more local jobs for I-81 project

Syracuse’s Mayor Ben Walsh and a local jobs advocate are lending their voices to a move to allow more local workers to take part in federally funded public works projects. Jobs to Move America is trying to lift a 30-year-old ban on any geographic hiring requirements in road, bridge or other projects that get federal money.

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Spectrum News Syracuse, March 2, 2021
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Mayor Walsh to Biden: Overturn ban on hiring local for federal projects

Walsh believes allowing people to work in their own communities would help boost the local economy and increase opportunities for marginalized workers.

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City News Service, March 2, 2021
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Mayor Eric Garcetti joins coalition ask Biden to overturn local hire ban

Officials argue that hiring locally will bolster regional economies. In their letter to the Biden administration, the coalition cited data from Local Labor Hiring Pilot, which shows that local hiring can be used on infrastructure projects without decreasing competition or increasing bid prices.

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CBS Birmingham, March 2, 2021
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WATCH: Mayor Woodfin among 160 officials calling on Biden to overturn ban on ‘local hire’ policy

In a letter to President Joe Biden, over 160 local officials, organizations, and academics are calling on the administration to overturn the ban on local hire, create local jobs and fix the economy.