Metro adopted the Construction Careers Policy (CCP) in conjunction with the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to encourage construction employment and training opportunities to those who reside in economically disadvantaged areas on Metro construction projects. The agreement applies to certain local (non-federally) funded and federally funded construction projects with a life of project value greater than $2.5 million.
Metro's PLA is unique in that Metro is the first transit agency in the nation to adopt such an agreement with national targeted hiring goals for federally funded projects with FTA approval. The PLA and CCP were approved by Metro's Board of Directors on January 26, 2012 and negotiated with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Construction Trades Council (LAOCBCTC) to help facilitate the timely completion of transit projects in LA County.
All contractors working on Metro construction projects covered by the PLA and CCP will be required to comply with certain targeted hiring requirements.
The PLA requires 40% participation of construction workers residing in economically disadvantaged areas, 10% participation of disadvantaged workers, and a 20% participation of apprentices.
The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is an agreement between Metro and the building trades who are the primary source of labor on Metro construction projects.
The PLA provides for skilled workers, a commitment to no work stoppages, and the ability to implement a targeted hiring program aimed to provide jobs to economically disadvantaged workers.
Metro’s PLA includes the following targeted hiring goals: 40% for those residing in economically disadvantaged areas, 10% for those meeting the disadvantaged classification and 20% apprentice hiring. Half of the apprentices are to be from the disadvantaged classification.
Workers who face at least two of the following barriers to employment will be classified as disadvantaged: are homeless; a custodial single parent; receive public assistance; lack a GED or high school diploma; has a history of involvement with the criminal justice system; has experienced chronic unemployment; is emancipated from foster care; is a veteran of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars; is an apprentice with less than 15% of the hours required to graduate journey-level.
Metro is the first transit agency in the nation to implement a PLA with a targeted hiring program on federally funded projects.
Metro’s PLA will have a locally targeted hire program for projects without federal funding and a nationally targeted hire program for projects which include federal funding.
The PLA provides opportunities for new apprentices to develop life-long careers in the construction industry. 20% of the total hours worked on the project will be worked by apprentices with half of the apprentices qualifying as disadvantaged workers.
The Los Angeles/Orange County Building Construction Trades Council will be the primary source of construction labor for Metro construction projects covered by the PLA. Contractors, subcontractors and employers who have successfully bid on Metro Projects will engage a jobs coordinator to identify and refer targeted workers.
The employers and the Unions agree to coordinate with the center of Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veteran’s Employment to reach out to veterans interested in entering into a career in the construction industry.
For projects using Federal Transit Administration (FTA) monies, targeting hiring measures are national in scope and will utilize National Targeted Workers to meet the hiring goals. National Targeted Workers means an individual whose primary place of residence is within an Economically Disadvantaged Area or an Extremely Economically Disadvantaged Area in the United States, or a Disadvantaged Worker.
The Prime Contractor shall ensure that the following targeted hiring requirements are met for each federally funded project subject to the PLA and CCP, as follows:
For projects that rely 100 percent on local funding, hiring can be targeted to Local Targeted workers, meaning a Local Resident, Community Area Resident or a Disadvantaged Worker whose primary place of residence is within Los Angeles County.
The Prime Contractor shall ensure that the following targeted hiring requirements are met for each non-federally funded project subject to the PLA and CCP, as follows:
For more information, please contact:
PLA & CCP Hotline: 213.922.7279
Toll Free Number: 888.887.3674
Director, Economic Development Initiatives & Workforce Compliance
Manager, PLA/CCP, Small Business Outreach
Miriam Scott Long
Manager, Community Outreach & Information (CCP)
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