It's Unanimous! $40 Billion PLA Approved by Los Angeles MTA
January 30, 2012 - Up to 100,000 Jobs! The Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council celebrated a remarkable victory last week, winning a unanimous 13-0 vote from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement a PLA for transportation construction projects over the next five years. The $40 billion worth of projects, funded by the Building Trades-backed Measure R sales tax increase approved by voters in 2008, could create 100,000 jobs. Several Building Trades workers testified in support of the PLA, while hundreds more looked on in a show of unity and support.
Projects range from the $1.2 billion LAX/Crenshaw light rail line to the $735 million Gold Line Foothill extension to dozens of freeway improvements throughout the region. The PLA also stipulates that 40 percent of the work go to people from economically disadvantaged areas, including 10 percent for people who suffer from homelessness, chronic unemployment or other disadvantages.
Ultimately, the Building Trades convinced the MTA that the PLA was the best and most cost-effective way to guarantee quality results. “This is based on efficiency, the lowest bid, with contractors – union or non-union – working in the least amount of time, doing it once and doing it right,” said LAOBTC executive secretary Robbie Hunter.
Congratulations to the thousands of Building Trades workers about to start good jobs, to the tireless Building Trades PLA supporters, to the enlightened policy makers at MTA, and to the people of Los Angeles who are gaining the highest quality improvements to their transportation system.
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