April 20, 2014

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Council members overturn hiring agreement

LORAIN — A local hiring agreement was overturned Thursday night by City Council members.

The old agreement required 75 percent of workers on city construction projects of $100,000 or more to be qualified Lorain or Lorain County residents with 9 percent minorities. The new ordinance involves projects of $2 million or more and requires 25 percent local hires with 9 percent minorities.

A stipulation that workers unionize during projects was dropped angering local union leaders who said Mayor Chase Ritenauer, who pushed for the changes, betrayed them. Ritenauer said the requirements in the 2011 Project Labor Agreement were unrealistic and discouraged local, nonunion companies from bidding, driving up taxpayer costs.

See Friday’s Chronicle-Telegram for the full story.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.