ACPA and seven other groups sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing concern about mandatory hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects.  The letter underscores that longstanding federal policy has prohibited these mandates, and for good reason. It points to several unintended consequences of such mandates, including: Creating ‘winners and losers’ in a state’s employment market; compromising safety on the jobsite; and increasing costs on projects.

The letter emphasizes that our industry firmly agrees with the stated goals of the local hiring initiatives: creating and supporting employment opportunities through federal transportation investment. However, the best ways to ensure this result are by 1.) growing the transportation construction market through multiyear increases in that federal investment, 2.) working with the industry to fashion targeted hiring initiatives on a cooperative or incentive basis, and 3.) helping local communities provide career and technical education programs, exposing students to construction careers and teaching them essential craft skills. Click here to read the letter.

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