Competitive Alternative to Minority Quotas/Goals

by Jerome R. Butler, Jr., City Architect; City of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.,
Doug Hunt, Equal Opportunity Officer; Dept. of Public Works, Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 9, Pg. 104-105

Document Type: Feature article


The City of Chicago and contractors working in the city have taken a big step toward solving the affirmative-action problem. Many of the plans through which the Federal government has set targets for minority employment in construction were flops. When calculating who the low bidder is on a city job, Chicago's Department of Public Works applies a consistent formula, the Canvassing Formula. They give credits to the contractor based on the percentage of minorities working and the positions they hold. The result is competitive bidding with fewer government dictates to follow and more minority involvement than ever experienced in the past.

Subject Headings: Contractors and subcontractors | Federal government | Urban areas | Employment | Infrastructure | Bids | Local government | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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