City Council Approves Sweeping PLA
6000 Good Union Jobs!
May 12, 2011 - The Los Angeles City Council this week approved a sweeping Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Building Trades Council, for five years worth of construction projects coming to the Port of Los Angeles.
The PLA ensures that work will be done by workers earning decent wages and benefits, and that at least 30 percent of those jobs will be set aside for local residents. The PLA covers $1.6 billion worth of work on over 35 projects that are expected to create an estimated 6,000 jobs through 2016, some of them starting up this year.
The city council voted unanimously for the PLA, a stunning 14-0 vote, because council members knew, from past experience with PLAs, of the efficient, high-quality work they produce, as well as the better quality of life for area workers.
Los Angeles/Orange BTC Executive Secretary Robbie Hunter attended for the Building Trades, and credited Councilwoman Janice Hahn for leading the pro-PLA effort on the council. Hahn, endorsed by the Building Trades in next week’s special election for the area’s Congressional seat, was quoted in a newspaper report as stressing the benefits of the PLA for the City, the Port, and the entire South Bay region.
This PLA is a win for everyone: for the people of Los Angeles who will benefit from the efficient, high-quality construction work at the port for years to come; as well as the workers with good wages and benefits who will help the entire region prosper.
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