Last week, union leaders launched a public relations blitz to criticize what they said was too little local hiring by builders working for Palm Beach County government. In a newspaper ad and a public protest, union members singled out the Solid Waste Authority’s $600 million waste-to-energy plant, saying the company overseeing construction is hiring too few area workers.
Left unsaid was how many area workers would be considered enough. Texas-based KBR says it has hired far more local workers than its contract requires, though union leaders question the accuracy of its figures. Union leaders say county officials need to try harder to make sure as many local workers as possible are hired for future projects.
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