LA Metro passes landmark Construction Careers Policy & largest transit PLA in nation
On January 26, in a hearing room packed with out-of-work construction workers, the LA Metro Board voted unanimously on a Construction Careers Policy that will cover 17 new transit projects worth over $6.2 billion and create more than 23,400 good middle class career jobs over the next five years. Over the next 30 years, the policy could cover up to $72 billion in projects, including Measure R projects, and create hundreds of thousands of good construction careers.
This is the most significant policy of its kind nationwide to create good jobs in the building trades where unemployment is up to 40% while investing in much needed transportation infrastructure. The policy sets out the terms of a project labor agreement that must be agreed to by all Metro contractors before they receive a contract to build Measure R projects and before they hire anyone. The Construction Career Policy will also ensure that 40% of the work hours on Metro construction projects will be performed by workers from areas affected by high poverty and unemployment.
This victory for jobs was made possible through the leadership of the LA County Federation of Labor along with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA/OC Building Trades Council President Robbie Hunter, the building trades unions, LAANE, SCOPE, MOVE LA and many other community-based groups.
“I am looking forward to getting back to work,” said Joseph Benjamin, an IBEW electrician, “My daughter is proud of me and my work and I want to continue to be a role model for black youth.”