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What is the “Pilot Local Hire Initiative”?

The “ Pilot Local Hire Initiative ” enables Metro to implement local hiring requirements on both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contract opportunities advertised during the one-year pilot period (February 9, 2015 through September 30, 2015) which has been extended through March 6, 2017 under the FHWA and FTA’s existing Authority and on January 18, 2017, the Federal Register published a notice from U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary announcing that the Local Hire Pilot Program will be extended for five years through March 6, 2022.

Targeted hiring will be focused to Community Area Residents (within a 5 mile radius of the project site), Local Area Residents and Disadvantaged Workers whose primary residence is within Los Angeles County.

What is the Project Labor Agreement?

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.

What is the goal of the PLA?

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.

Are there hiring goals associated with the PLA?

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.

What are the criteria for 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.

Are there other transit agencies with similar programs?

Metro is the first transit agency in the nation to implement a PLA with a targeted hiring program on federally funded projects.

What is the geographic scope of the PLA?

* NOTE
The new “ Pilot Local Hire Initiative ” enables Metro to implement local hiring requirements on both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contract opportunities advertised during the one-year pilot period (February 9, 2015 through September 30, 2015) which has been extended through March 6, 2017 under the FHWA and FTA’s existing Authority.

Therefore, all advertised and awarded projects covered by Metro’s PLA/CCP from the period of February 9, 2015 through March 16, 2017 will be subject to the “LOCAL” hiring requirements regardless of the funding source.

(Will resume after September 2015 or until further notice)
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.

Will the PLA provide opportunities for new apprentices?

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.

How will workers be hired under the PLA?

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.

Will the PLA assist veterans who are seeking employment?

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.

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