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Project Equality Member Agencies Strengthen Job Requirements for Poor

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Twenty-nine Jewish, Catholic and Protestant religious and social action agencies, banded together in Metropolitan New York Project Equality, have announced that all construction contacts they give hereafter must provide increased job opportunities for the disadvantaged. Project Equality members include the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the New York Federation of Reform Synagogues.

Previously, builders seeking contracts from member agencies of Project Equality were required only to promise to provide such opportunities and spot checks were made to determine compliance, according to Harry Fleishman, race relations coordinator for the American Jewish Committee. Under the new arrangements, builders and sub-contractors will be required to sign contracts pledging they will “train and employ” members of minority groups and other disadvantaged persons, with one trainee for every four journeymen, he said. He said none of the three member Jewish organization had done any building in recent years but that all future construction and alteration contracts will be let only under terms of the new arrangement.

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