Monday, February 4, 2013

ABC 7: Controversy swirls on hiring for South Side Walmart construction

[VIDEO] The Walmart that Ald. Beale is touting as one of his accomplishments as the Alderman of the 9th Ward seems to have a controversy. It seems a man thought he had a job to help build this Walmart and now that he doesn't he claims that the hiring is politically based. I'm going to excerpt Ald. Beale's response:
Ninth Ward Alderman Anthony Beale, a candidate for Congress, said he's always recommended private contractors use hiring consultants on projects here to ensure local residents are hired.

"It's been successful for 14 years," Beale said. "It's a process that's in place and it works."
Beale denied any connection between his political organization and Maurice Williams.

"There's no connection between my office and Mr. Williams other than he has a company and we direct people to his particular company," Beale said.

Because of the hiring list, the Walmart construction workforce includes 40-percent minority workers, which is well over the city's requirement, according to Beale.
Lot's of questions to be asked here? And of course it's noted in the write-up that the 9th has one of the highest unemployment rates in this city. One question to ask, what's going on here?

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