MLK local worker hiring update

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works recently shared the latest information on mandatory efforts aimed at fulfilling Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ commitment to ensure that construction of state of the art facilities at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center employ a workforce that looks like and is from the surrounding community.

With nearly 95% of the construction hours completed, 31% of the hours worked on  the  Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Replacement Inpatient Tower Project have been by workers residing within a 5 mile radius of the hospital.  An additional 35% of the hours worked have been by workers residing in the secondary preference area, zip codes Countywide with a high level of unemployment as of July 8, 2012, according to the LA County Department of Public Works.

With less than 10% of the construction hours completed,  24% of the hours worked to date on Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Multi Service Ambulatory Care Center Project have been by workers residing within a 5 mile radius of the hospital.  An additional 27% of the hours worked have been by workers residing in the secondary preference area, zip codes Countywide with a high level of unemployment, as of July 8, 2012.

These statistics are in sharp contrast to the voluntary local hiring efforts at the Harbor-UCLA medical center, where a similar hospital construction project is underway.  With nearly 71% of the construction hours completed, 39% of the hours worked to date on the Harbor UCLA Surgery/Emergency Replacement project have been by workers residing within a 15 mile radius of the hospital, as of July 16, 2012.

For a more information, including the ethnic/racial and gender distribution of the work performed at these sites and about the Local Worker Hire efforts, please go to the LA County Department of Public Works website here.

To view the local worker report click here.

 

 




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