MnDOT to meet with critics over minority hiring

Protesters stage a mock funeral
Protesters holding mock headstones protest the "missing persons", women and minority workers, they allege MnDOT has failed to hire the past 17 years. The group says it has won a meeting with MnDOT commissioner Tom Sorel to improve the agency's performance.
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Critics say they've convinced officials from the state transportation department to meet with them about the agency's hiring record for women and minorities.

Louis King, executive director of Minneapolis Summit Academy, led about 100 people to MnDOT headquarters in St. Paul today, to protest what King says is the agency's failure to hire women and minority workers.

"The record shows that for 17 years, they have not met minority goals," said King.

Inside agency headquarters, MnDOT's Bernie Arseneau told King and others the agency is in the process of reforming its hiring strategy.

"Meetings are being set up as early as next week, I believe, to get this process back going," said Arseneau.

Louis King says MnDOT officials have promised a meeting with the agency's commissioner.

Federal and state regulations require MnDOT and other state agencies, and the contractors they hire, to make a good faith effort to hire women and minority workers.

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