Sunday, July 12, 2020
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! HEAVIES, BUILDERS, UNIONS & KANSAS CITY URBAN LEADERS OPPOSE EPIC OUT OF TOWN CONTRACT FOR NEW KCI!!!
The biggest contract awarded for the construction of New KCI has united workers from across the metro in opposition against an out of town bid.
To wit . . .
READ THIS LETTER TO KANSAS CITY AVIATION SHARING LOCAL OUTRAGE ABOUT OVER A PAVING CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN 80 MILLION BUCKS AWARDED TO AN OUT OF TOWN FIRM!!!
Here's the money line that explains the situation . . .
"We are sure you are aware of the significant role the Heavies, Builders, Unions, and the community played in bringing the KCI airport project to fruition. The Build a new KCI project was sold to all of us under the guise that it would be a transformative project for the contractors and workforce that live and work here in the Kansas City region. Included in that narrative was that local contractors that subsequently employ a local workforce would be awarded work.
"You can imagine our befuddlement when we heard that the largest civil package would be awarded to an out of town, non-union contractor. We were further stunned to learn that the recommendation is a Colorado based company by the name of ESCO Construction Company, a contractor that has no experience in concrete paving (which is 80 million of the over 100-million-dollar contract). This creates a significant short- and long-term risk when awarding these types of projects to firms with no experience and from out of town. Aside from the issue of bringing an unqualified, non-union, out of state contractor to Kansas City to perform a scope of work they don’t normally perform, Kansas City is providing a resume for an outstate, non-union contractor not knowing whether they are even capable of performing the work . . ."
MOREOVER . . .
There's widespread objection to this contract from across KCMO.
Another important perspective . . .
"The city is moving forward with awarding this contract with virtually no minority business participation. They appear to sacrificing minority business participation to help white female business. The City Council is doing nothing. This is another example of the negative impact of awarding the development to Edgemoor. Black and Brown businesses are not getting contracts and minorities are not getting jobs."
Accordingly . . .
Read the note from the Heavies & Trades Council in its entirety.
Developing . . .