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Black Caucus concerned about steel mill plan

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 11, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

— Members of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus say they’re concerned that the governor’s proposal to provide millions of dollars in state funding to help bring a large steel mill to the state doesn’t include a requirement that the company hire black workers.

Caucus members said at their meeting Monday that they were discouraged that Big River Steel wouldn’t be required to ensure that its workforce represented the population of the majority black northeast Arkansans community where the facility is to be built.

The current proposal requires the company to employ 525 workers with an average annual salary of $75,000.

Arkansas Economic Development Director Grant Tennille told the caucus that adding workforce quotas would likely sink the deal, but said it was in the Legislature’s purview to make that decision.

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HalALouyah says... February 11, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

What a great idea; that's a good way for everyone who doesn't want the steel mill to be happy. Will they also require them to hire a certain amount of Hispanics and other nationalities, based on their population in the area?

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 11, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.

"Members of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus"

This group is no different than the KKK. Racism is racism, no matter the color.

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MenLR2 says... February 11, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

GEEEEeeezzzzzz....

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MenLR2 says... February 11, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.

Wonder if they will be required to hire a certain percentage of old, fat, white guys? Where do I apply?

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rockylittle says... February 11, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

How about just hiring people on the basis of qualifications? Whomsoever makes the grade should be employed regardless of race, skin color or political affiliation. Isn't that real democracy and the true American spirit?

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ArmyMedic says... February 11, 2013 at 2:51 p.m.

Why do we need the government to force a company to hire a certain percentage of any ethnic group? Um!!! Let me see since we're talking about the Afro-American group. No sensible employer would hire someone that their pants are below their azz in fear of an on the job injury. How could the employer interview someone if they don't show up for the interview from partying all night & smoking their blunt before time? I thought the affirmative action & the qoutas were over with. Folks look here: Racism at it's BEST is called the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus. Hell, they kept Black in their title instead of changing it to Afro-American to remind them of their racism ways.....

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Poorboy says... February 11, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

Maybe the Black Caucus is thinking about applying?

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Jackabbott says... February 11, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.

Agree with rockylittle.

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philly46 says... February 11, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

They fired me because I was black! No, they HIRED you because you we're black! They fired you because you weren't worth a da&&n

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