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'Hire NOLA' local hiring law approved by New Orleans City Council
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has billed a local hiring law approved Thursday (Oct. 31) by the New Orleans City Council as a valuable tool in attacking poverty and unemployment, but the construction lobby says it could do more harm than good, and it remains to be seen exactly how the requirements will be enforced or verified.
Nevertheless, the measure, which the administration has dubbed "Hire NOLA," was greeted enthusiastically by labor activists who said it was better than the status quo.
On major city contracts, only about 21 percent of the work hours are performed by local workers, according to the Landrieu administration. About 52 percent of the city's black men, meanwhile, are out of work, according to an oft-cited administration statistic.
Stand with Dignity, a grass roots group that has lobbied hard for the city to use its tax dollars to address social equity, held a rally in support of the rules in front of City Hall.