Porter, E. (2021). In Boston, setting a goal for a racially diverse construction work force is one thing. Meeting it has proved more difficult. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/business/economy/unions-race-boston.html
The American construction industry is one of the last in the country that offers “good jobs to workers without a college degree.” In Boston Massachusetts, a solidly Democratic city, statistics elucidate the shortfalls of this industry: only “32 percent of the hours worked had gone to people of color.” Politicians and industry experts are faced with a plethora of road blocks in their efforts toward improving equity and diversity in construction. Porter’s article focuses on the obstacle that building unions pose in reforming a workplace that discriminates against women and people of color in the United States. Racism and gatekeeping are just a few of the social conflicts that Porter presents in this expository article.