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In this week’s District Line story “Think Locally, Hire Regionally,” I reported how D.C. workers have so far struck out in the construction of the new baseball stadium. But local employment numbers are not quite as bad as a task force set up to monitor them at first believed.
Due to a math snafu on the part of the stadium project labor agreement task force, I wrote that city workers have performed 23 percent of journeyman hours at the stadium. The labor agreement set the goal at 50 percent. In fact, District workers have performed 32 percent of those hours.
The shaky math was discovered when an aide to At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown had a go at the numbers. It seems the task force had been entering the wrong category of numbers into its equation since construction began.
Courtland Cox, D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission director for local, small, and disadvantaged business development, is happy about the jump but says it’s still not good enough for District workers. He expects the number to rise as construction continues.