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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 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.

All advertised and awarded projects covered by Metro's PLA/CCP from the period of February 9, 2015 through March 6, 2022 will be subject to the “Pilot Local Hire Initiative” program.  The initiative entails that local hire provisions under Metro's Project Labor Agreement (section 7.5 through 7.5.4) will be the requirement regardless of the funding source. All other Metro's PLA/CCP requirements and provisions remain unchanged.

Local Hire Version– Project Labor Agreement (Pilot Local Hire Initiative)
Local Hire Version– Construction Careers Policy (Pilot Local Hire Initiative)

Metro adopted the CCP in conjunction with the 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 construction 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, subsequently renewed on January 26, 2017 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.

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