KCI developer, unions agree in principle on airport renovation

The timeline and budget for Kansas City International Airport’s renovation still remain uncertain, but when the project gets underway it will be without the threat of labor stoppages.

Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the Maryland-based firm in charge of the renovation, said Thursday it had reached an agreement in principle with labor unions for the project, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion. The deal includes a “no strike” clause and allows non-union firms to bid for a limited amount of work on the project.

The agreement follows more than six months of negotiations between unions and the group of companies spearheading the redevelopment, which will convert KCI into a single-terminal facility. Among the sticking points was the use of non-union firms: labor groups insisted only unionized firms be used, but the developers said that requirement would make it difficult to incorporate women- and minority-owned firms.

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