The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors unanimously approved, a plan to help increase the number of workers from disadvantaged areas to be hired to work on the agency's transit and road projects.
The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between Metro and the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council is believed by Metro to be the first of its kind for a transit agency in the United States. Under the PLA, 40 percent of work hours on Metro projects would be done by workers who live in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and 10 percent of the hours going to workers struggling with poverty.
The PLA covers all MTA transit and highway projects with a cost of over $2.5 million, which - if Metro fully implements its Long Range Transportation Plan - could amount to as much as $70 billion in construction work over the next three decades. The PLA ensures a skilled and trained workforce that is paid prevailing wages to get these projects done on time and on budget.
The construction industry throughout the nation is depressed and communities are suffering from extraordinary and harmful levels of unemployment and poverty. The PLA and Policy help remedy these problems by directing opportunities to those individuals and communities who need them most.
Los Angeles /Orange County Building Trades Council is actively providing assistance to residents who are seeking employment in the construction trades. In order to meet the requirements of the PLA, contractors working on Metro construction projects will be looking for qualified workers.
For more information on the PLA, log on to Metro's website at www.metro.net/pla