The Aboriginal Blackmen United, a local-hire advocacy group based in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, called off its protest and disruption of a massive Lennar Urban home development.
ABU President James Richards said on Monday that CityBuild, an employment program run out of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, will now be part of local-hiring efforts at the Hunters Point Shipyard project. ABU threw a party to celebrate.
Last month, a gathering of about 30 people protested the hiring practices of the development and blocked trucks delivering dirt and concrete to the shipyard as plans are underway to build the first 200 homes of the envisioned 10,500-home development.
At issue for the group was how the hiring of local construction jobs would be done. The ABU objected to the development only using the Hunters Point-based nonprofit Young Community Developers for hiring services and instead demanded use of CityBuild.
The group views CityBuild as a more inclusive and transparent local-hiring referral service.