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Opponents Of Law Banning Local Hiring Quotas Cheer Cleveland's Suit Against It

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M.L. Schultze
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An apprenticeship fair last year drew thousands of Akron residents wanting to work on a billion dollar city sewer project.

Some state legislators who couldn’t stop a law banning communities from creating local hiring quotas are pleased the city of Cleveland is taking it on in court.

Since it was proposed, Democrats such as Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) have been against the law that prohibited cities from requiring a percentage of workers on public construction projects to be local residents. “It’s unfortunate that the General Assembly would pass a law that would essentially make it illegal for local people who pay the taxes from being able to participate in the jobs,” Reece said.

She’s pleased the city of Cleveland has filed suit against the law, which she says negates communities’ home rule powers. Its backers said it was needed because hiring bans increase costs, disrupt collective bargaining agreements and keep qualified non-residents from getting work.

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