Kansas City Workforce Disparity Study
The City of Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) engaged Keen Independent Research LLC to analyze whether an equitable share of work hours on City construction projects is going to workers who are people of color, women and city residents.
The projects to be reviewed include those receiving tax abatements or reimbursements from the City. Keen Independent is examining workers for both prime contractors and subcontractors involved in these projects, including union and non-union contractors.
Since 2007, the City has had a Construction Workforce Ordinance that sets a 10 percent workforce participation goal for minority workers and a 2 percent goal for female workers on City projects above a certain size. Contractors that do not attempt to meet these goals can be penalized by the City. (See kcmo.gov/humanrelations/certification-compliance/construction-workforce/.)
The study team is documenting the pathways to becoming a construction worker in the Kansas City area and on City-related projects. Keen Independent will point out any barriers that depress the number of women and people of color trained and employed in specific construction trades or used on City projects.
David Keen and Annette Humm Keen, Keen Independent Principals, are directing this assignment. Keen Independent is joined by local study team members Parson + Associates, a communications firm; and LMG Professional Services, a consultant. Mara Rosales, Managing Partner of Rosales Law Partners, is also a study team member. The study team has considerable experience conducting similar disparity studies throughout the country.
The disparity study launched in June 2018. Keen Independent will complete a draft report in 2019.
How to Get Involved
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Session 1 – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Contractors & Contractor Associations
Session 2 – 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – Union Representatives
Session 3 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Workers