DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Staff at Dayton Metro Library confirmed that recruiting signs around the Miami Valley expressing a need for women and minority workers is not a scam.
In a Facebook post that has gotten more than 100 shares, a photo of one of the signs in Dayton reads, “Minority and female construction workers are wanted to work on Dayton Metro Library construction projects. Prevailing wages @ $20/hour.”
While the post was initially shared by a Facebook user in order to draw positive attention to the job opportunities, some users seem to think the recruiting effort is scam. However, community engagement manager for Dayton Metro Library, Jayne Klose, said the signs are legit.
“They have been put up by a non-profit in the Dayton area called the Minority and Female Skilled Trades Association and that organization was created to get more people of color and more women into the construction trade as a lucrative way to make a good living and to diversify the construction field.”
The priority of recruiting these workers, she said, stems from wanting to involve the communities around the location where new library facilities are being built.
“The library set pretty aggressive inclusion goals for our libraries because we wanted to make sure that the contractors and the workers reflected the communities that supported the libraries. Libraries are about equity and access, so it just made a whole lot of sense…