EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Threats of a Mississippi River Bridge shutdown are gaining steam, and local leaders say if more minority workers aren’t hired, they’ll stop the project.
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks put his support behind the Metro East Black Contractor’s Organization on Wednesday, a move that could spell trouble for a $700 million bridge project.
Mayor Parks says if more minorities aren’t hired soon, he’ll be part of the effort to promote and encourage the shutdown.
Parks is calling on Governor Quinn and top IDOT officials to meet with the group next week to address the situation.
The Mayor says the bridge connects to several primarily black communities, yet potential employees there are not getting hired on as contractors or workers. The mayor says this does not make sense to him, since IDOT helped train some of those now looking for a job.