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 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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