Expo Authority Approves Historic Project Labor Agreement

March 18, 2011 –   Workers in Los Angeles County won a historic victory today with the unanimous approval of a Project Labor Agreement by the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority. The Project Labor Agreement (PLA), championed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Herb Wesson, ensures that local workers will have access to thousands of jobs created by Phase 2 of the $1.5 billion-Expo line rail from Culver City to Santa Monica.
“The agreement approved by the Expo Authority means employment for thousands of residents at a time when Los Angeles County is facing an unemployment epidemic,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. He added: “An investment in our physical infrastructure is incomplete without a similar investment in our human capital. Anything less is not only economically unsound, it is immoral.”

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Metro Awarded Planning Grant

Constituents of the Second Supervisorial District, Metro wants to hear from you.

The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a planning grant to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) to assist local jurisdictions with developing a plan to connect the proposed Florence/West station to the future Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line.

The goals of this project are to enhance access to the Crenshaw /LAX Light Rail Line, incorporate the community’s vision of development for the area and promote economic revitalization.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative will host a series of community meetings to inform and obtain input from members of the community.

Please continue to check our blog for updates on the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail community meetings.

Next Public Hearing

Thursday, March 31, 2011

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Inglewood City Hall

Community Room A, First Floor

One West Manchester Blvd.

Inglewood, CA 90301

Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station

The community is speaking, Metro is listening and progress is being made on the Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station.

Metro recently completed a series of community workshops that has led to the development of a master plan that incorporates the desires of the Willowbrook community.

The Rosa Parks/Willowbrook Station connects the Blue and Green Lines and is one of the most heavily used transit assets in the entire system.  Over 16,500 people board and 14,500 disembark at the Rosa Parks Station each weekday.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Applauds Approval of Negotiation of Project Labor Agreement for New MLK Medical Center Construction

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Unprecedented Agreement Will Create Thousands of Local Jobs

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hailed the Board of Supervisors’ decision to negotiate an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the building trades unions to ensure the hiring of local and disadvantaged workers for a significant percentage of jobs related to construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center Replacement Project. The PLA, once approved, will guarantee the effective enactment of the project’s Local Worker Hiring policy, which was approved by the Board on October 19, 2010.

“We know that job creation will lead the way out of this economic downturn,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “By enacting a strong Project Labor Agreement for the new MLK Hospital, we are developing a tangible solution to the job crisis in our community.”

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