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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Support the Gillibrand Construction Careers Amendment to Map-21 (S. 1813)

Advocacy Letter - 11/08/11

Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Recipient: U.S. Senate


Dear Senator:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, we strongly support your effort to maintain current spending levels for transportation, plus inflation. and thank you for moving forward with the markup of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21). We urge you to vote in favor of the inclusion of a Construction Careers Demonstration Project as offered by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

The proposed Construction Careers Demonstration Project would help low-income people, minorities, and women have better access to construction employment in the transportation sector; encourage hiring of these workers; and build more opportunities for quality apprenticeship training. This proposal draws from existing successes as pioneered by states and cities and can create access to middle-class jobs for workers who have historically been underrepresented in the transportation construction workforce.  The Construction Careers Demonstration Project would address this need by providing inclusive benefits to workers, communities, contractors, and the construction industry as a whole. 

We urge your support of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) Construction Careers Demonstration Project. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nancy Zirkin at (202) 466-3311 or Lexer Quamie, Counsel at (202) 466-3648. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Wade Henderson
President & CEO

Nancy Zirkin
Executive Vice President

Our Members