Through its’ Project Labor Agreement and Construction Careers Policy, Metro is striving to diversify the workforce on construction projects to improve access to career opportunities and serve as a catalyst for improving socio-economic status for minorities and women. Although the national average for women in construction is below 3%, Metro’s goal is to exceed the Executive Order 11246 female utilization goal of 6.9%. Metro’s current female participation average is 3.4%.
“Women are a driving force in L.A.'s growth and prosperity — supporting them in the workplace is good for business and good for our economy,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “This new incentive program will create a more equitable, inclusive work environment and empower women to pursue careers in the construction industry.”
Metro Board Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District Sheila Kuehl stated, “We want to make it clear to all the contractors who work with Metro that increasing female utilization is a Board priority and that we are willing to sit down face to face with them to help them meet this goal.”
“For too long, women have been all but shut out of the construction industry,” said Metro Board Member, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fourth District Janice Hahn. “There are trained and educated women ready and willing to enter the transportation construction workforce and Metro will reward and encourage the companies that hire them and promote diverse and inclusive workplaces. These are good-paying, middle-class jobs and as we spend billions of dollars to vastly improve our county’s transportation infrastructure, everyone should have equal access to these opportunities.”
Female Participation Score Card
The Metro Board voted to create a score card system to highlight those contractors who meet and exceed the Executive Order 11246 female utilization goal of 6.9% on Metro Construction projects.
Women Build Metro LA is a culmination of community advocates stake holders, and decision makers, including private and public sectors. Together we are committed to increasing the ranks of qualified women candidates for apprenticeship and placement with all trades. With our Committee, we are passionate about increasing female participation, given that women currently make up less than 3% of the construction trade workforce. We are proud to educate and support women in construction under Metro’s Project Labor Agreement and Construction Careers Policy.