A `Race Neutral' Helping Hand?

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has long been a proponent of affirmative action. But these days, the San Francisco-based utility says downsizing has made it nearly impossible to meet to its minority hiring targets. "We're always playing catch-up," gripes Barbara Coull Williams, PG&E's human resources vice-president. That's why the federal contractor is asking Washington to approve a pilot program that would count mentoring and leadership-development seminars as part of its affirmative action program.

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