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NWI federation pushing for local jobs

Updated: November 27, 2013 6:08AM



GARY — An area community organization says workers from East Chicago, Hammond and Gary should get jobs in those communities through the Regional Development Authority’s projects.

“Right now, people in 14 disparaged communities are being left entirely out of the economic recovery experienced in the region,” said Rev. Cheryl Rivera, of the Northwest Indiana Federation.

The Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations Jobs Coalition will host a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Baptist Church in Gary. The federation encourages struggling job seekers and families to attend the hearing.

Armed with resolutions from Gary and East Chicago city councils and the Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, the hearing will focus on a Community Benefits Agreement.

“Millions of dollars are being paid out in salaries to those who don’t live in areas of high unemployment and poverty,” Rivera said. “In particular, the people of Gary and East Chicago, who pay for publicly funded RDA projects, are not working on those projects.

“This is unfair. People in these cities need jobs to be able to support themselves and their families and ultimately become taxpayers and homeowners.”

The goal, she said, is to try to negotiate between the federation and the RDA to bring sustainable economic development to the cities of the region with local jobs providing local salaries.



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