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Turner Construction takes strong stand against racism

Shuts down work sites for anti-bias training.

September 03, 2020 |

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Turner Construction has experienced racist incidents on its jobsites in recent months and has responded strongly.

Turner temporarily shut down two large Ohio projects—a $1.7 billion Facebook data center project and the FC Cincinnati soccer stadium—after the company discovered graffiti containing racial slurs at those jobsites, Construction Dive reports. The company, which has a zero-tolerance policy toward these incidents, then implemented anti-bias training at those sites.

Workers on jobs where Turner holds training usually stay home for a day while organizers prepare for the anti-bias program. Workers typically come into work the next day for eight hours of training and then resume work the following day.

During the last few months, reports of racist graffiti and nooses being placed around several U.S. and Canadian jobsites of multiple companies have been reported. Owners and contractors have vowed to punish responsible parties.

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