Threatened “Shutdown” of Downtown Library Work a Fizzle in the Drizzle
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Protestors who earlier this week had threatened to “shut down” construction work at the main library downtown at noon today failed to deliver.
Picketing outside the work site gates, about a dozen protestors endured a cold, persistent rain, but the organizer who had threatened the shut down over minority hiring was a no-show.
Makal Ali with the African American Business and Contractors Association had told KMOX earlier this week he planned to “fill the jails” with protestors who would cause a work stoppage on the site. KMOX left phone messages with Ali, seeking comment on today’s developments, but he hasn’t returned our calls.
Ali told KMOX earlier that a head count of the job site in recent weeks found as many as 90 white construction workers going through he gate per day, but only a few blacks or none at all.
The Executive Director of the Library, Waller McGuire, told KMOX earlier that 25-percent of the contractors on the job are “minority-owned” firms, and that ten-percent of the workers are black.
During today’s lunch hour protest a group of a less than a dozen construction workers looked out at the protestors. Most of them were white. Two were black.
One black construction worker who did not want to be identified told KMOX that it’s a union job site and if blacks want to work there they need the necessary training and union membership.