In the past eight months Metro has employed over 350 workers in the construction of the Crenshaw Line. Guided by hiring goals outlined in the Project Labor Agreement, Metro is working to create "construction employment and training opportunities to many who reside along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project."

The Project Labor Agreement commits Metro to hiring 40 percent of its construction workers from economically disadvantaged areas and 10 percent from disadvantaged populations—including veterans, ex-cons and emancipated foster care youth. The agreement further commits Metro to making 20 percent of its workers apprentices, having received at least 4,000 hours of training in a particular trade.

"I am proud that the MTA Board voted unanimously to become the first transit agency in the nation to use federal and local dollars to create jobs targeted at economically disadvantaged communities and individuals," said former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when Metro committed itself to the Project Labor Agreement back in 2012. "This landmark program is part of a strategy to deliver public transit projects while creating jobs that will lift people out of poverty and into the middle class."

The Young Black Contractors Association filed a $500 million claim against the county of Los Angeles Monday for its alleged failure to enforce federal and state laws and its own project labor agreement and construction careers policy with respect to the employment of African-Americans on construction projects throughout the county.

The claim, which is the legally required precursor to a formal lawsuit, is specifically aimed at the county Board of Supervisors and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Filed by attorney Reginald P. Mason, the claim specifically charges MTA of abetting "prime contractors' systemic and continuous violation of its own [labor agreements and policies] and federal and state laws that give rise to claims for fraud, waste and abuse, including but not limited to false and deceptive business practices under California's Business Professions Code."


With the Oxnard Union High School District trying to build a Camarillo school in time for the fall 2015 semester, the school board is selecting a contractor without going through the traditional bidding process.

The board Wednesday night unanimously approved a lease/lease-back plan to build Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo.

State law allows school districts to use this funding mechanism of leasing property to a contractor and then leasing it back. School officials estimate this method will increase the cost of the project about 5 percent.

Lack of Blacks Hired on Phase I of Crenshaw Rail Project

The Metro Transportation Authority (MTA) pledged significant African American participation during the construction phase of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor and also signed a project labor agreement to ensure that Blacks received adequate employment representation, but contractors have drastically under performed in the hiring of African Americans in the first phase of the Crenshaw Advanced Utilities Relocation PLA for Targeted Worker Attainment.

According to MTA internal documents obtained by the Sentinel, which revealed the number of individual hires, Blacks ranked lower than any other demographic group.

The board of education of the Lynwood Unified School District (LUSD) voted unanimously to enter into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), with the Building and Construction Trade Council of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, the Signatory Craft Councils and Unions, organizations that represent laborers from the construction industry.

"This PLA mandates that 30 percent of Measure K construction jobs go directly to workers who live in Lynwood and in our surrounding communities," said board member José Luis Solache, according to a press release said. "This is a win-win situation because we're boosting our local economy while building quality projects that are long overdue."

Last November, Measure K passed with a yes vote of over 57 percent. The measure provides Lynwood Unified with funds to refurbish school facilities within the district. The measure allows the LUSD to issue $93 million in general obligation bonds, for the purpose of raising funds for the remodeling of school facilities.

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 07, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The developer of The New Wyvernwood has reached a historic project labor agreement (PLA) with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, a major step forward for the $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment proposed for Boyle Heights.

The agreement between Fifteen Group and the Trades Council creates an important framework for the redevelopment effort, which will revitalize the aging Wyvernwood complex with modern new workforce housing, much-needed retail offerings and significant open space.

"This is a rock-solid commitment to support unionized construction workers at The New Wyvernwood," said Mark Sanders, Fifteen Group principal and co-founder. "We have a bold and award-winning vision to transform an aging property into one of the great urban redevelopments in the country, and we're proud to have the Los Angeles Construction Trades Council as our partner."

PRESIDENT Obama has repeatedly called on companies to "step up" and increase hiring. Specifically, he has said, "The issue here is not uncertainty. The issue is they've got to start placing their bets on America" and that "It's time for companies to step up."

With one month of dismal job reports after another coming from the government, it can be expected that there will be no change in this reality between now and the election. But what the president should be asking is why, three full years after his "Recovery Summer," are we experiencing the worst economic recovery since World War II and now stand on the threshold of another recession?

Something the president seems not to understand is that there is one big reason there are 25 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed, and five workers for every one new job opening: government. Specifically, it's the economic distortions that government at all levels imposes on the marketplace that keeps employers from wanting to engage in additional hiring.

A proposal for the Port of Long Beach to approve a port-wide project labor agreement (PLA), considered a highly controversial subject among both union and non-union construction firms, opened up a political firestorm at the harbor commission's June 7 special meeting.

A PLA typically is a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement between either private or public entities and locally established construction trade unions. The agreement typically imposes certain contract provisions, such as lawful compensation and health benefits, meeting work completion dates and no strikes or work stoppages.

PLAs also may require contractors to provide apprenticeships and have a local hiring goal, depending on whether funding comes from state or federal government sources.

LONG BEACH - A crowd that included dozens of workers, contractors and City Council representatives packed the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission boardroom Thursday as the panel discussed expanding the use of union-supported labor deals.

The commission was considering a proposal to use project labor agreements, or PLAs, in a port-wide and project-specific basis.

PLAs allow any contractor, union and not, to bid on various phases of a public works project, but require the winning bidder to follow a set of guidelines favored by unions, including a wage and benefit package, a dispute and arbitration process, and funding for health care and workers' compensation.

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