December 16, 2017
For Immediate Release
Carpenters Union and the Building & Construction Trades Endorse KCI Partnership as Right Team to Build New KCI
The St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council and other local building trades unions are recommending that the Kansas City, Missouri City Council reject a bid from Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate and move on to select a bid from the KCI Partnership as the best path to building a new single-terminal KCI.
“We have been increasingly concerned that the Edgemoor proposal was not a viable plan going forward, and we are relieved to see that a supermajority of the Kansas City Council agrees,” said Joe Hudson, Political Director for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council. “We were especially concerned over Edgemoor’s position that would deny workplace protections to the men and women employed by minority- and women-owned enterprises [MBE and WBE businesses].”
“A new KCI is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to benefit working families and our broader community in a number of ways. We believe that the KCI Partnership will stand behind their commitments to build this project in a responsible manner that promotes workplace protections for construction workers, while meeting the City’s goals for MBE/WBE participation. They have a track record of standing by their word, and we believe their proposal will be the best deal for Kansas City and working families throughout our metro area.”
“Kansas City has one of the strongest and best qualified labor communities in the country and there is no doubt this will be an outstanding project with all the skilled trades and crafts from throughout our region going to work on this project,” said Alise Martiny with the Greater KC Building & Construction Trades Council. “Good jobs are the key to strong families, and the KCI project will provide many years of steady income, not only on the airport project but on all the spin-off development that will result from a billion-dollar investment in our community. This project is too important to not get it right, and the KCI Partnership is the right team to get it done.”