Local Hiring

01/22/2014 4:41 pm0 commentsViews: 13
Karen Bass Photo by Gary McCarthy

Karen Bass
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council voted today to support
a congressional bill that would enable state and local transportation agencies
to require contractors to hire locals.
The council voted unanimously to back Democratic Rep. Karen Bass’
“Local Hire Act,” which would enable agencies, such as Metro, to mandate that
a portion of workers are locals.
As it is, state and local transportation agencies are barred from
imposing local hiring requirements on federally funded projects.
“There is tremendous potential to create jobs as we build a
transportation system that will finally allow people to easily get around the
city without their cars,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who introduced a
resolution supporting bill.
Bass’s bill “will allow transit projects to provide much-needed
economic stimulus to our region and help put Angelenos back to work,” he said.
The resolution directs city lobbyists in the nation’s capital to help
the bill passed. It was introduced in November, according to Bonin’s office.
No local hiring requirements are in place for the construction of
Metro’s $2 billion Crenshaw light-rail line, but 40 percent of workers must
qualify as economically disadvantaged.
About $130 million in federal funds for the Metro project was secured
last week, with more expected to come, for the downtown Los Angeles Regional
Connector and the “Subway to the Sea.”

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