Leaders of Kansas City’s union and construction trade groups gathered Wednesday with a show of force to endorse Burns & McDonnell’s proposal to build and finance a new $1 billion terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
“There’s no doubt we support the Burns & McDonnell plan,” Pat “Duke” Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, said at a news conference at the Builders Association Education and Training Center in North Kansas City. Dujakovich was flanked by iron workers, bricklayers and representatives of other construction trades who said the thousands of jobs from the project would be a big boon for the area.
Reginald Thomas, president and business manager of Laborers Local 264, and Joe Hudson, political director of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, also urged the City Council to say yes to the plan.
The decision to move forward with Burns & McDonnell’s unusual financing proposal rests with the City Council, and ultimately with city voters. A citywide election could be held in November.