SMART Sheet Metal Workers Local 105 was presented with a Los Angeles County Scroll along with Jobs to Move America and a coalition of organizations, in recognition of their collaborative efforts in the adoption of the U.S. Employment Plan Policy at LA Metro.
The U.S. Employment Plan includes three types of policy tools that will benefit workers in Los Angeles County.
Disclosure: requires transit vehicle manufacturers disclose the number and quality of U.S. jobs supported in connection to a contract, facilities, and commitments to hiring workers facing multiple and significant barriers through recruiting and training efforts.
Evaluation: provides a system of voluntary price credits and/or a scoring method to help transit agencies to evaluate the quality of proposals submitted in response to a request for procurements.
Compliance & Implementation: contract and enforcement language that ensures transparency and accountability of U.S. jobs commitments on a contract.
LA Metro adopted the USEP to apply to, “…all federally funded rolling stock procurements, and related contracts with a minimum contract value of $100 million…” at their General Board Meeting on January 25th.
“As the first transit agency in the nation to adopt a Construction Careers Policy, Metro has become a leader in harnessing the full potential of local investments by achieving and promoting family-supporting jobs in disadvantaged communities, improved equity outcomes, and cleaner transportation options for Los Angeles County.
For the purchase of new railcars and buses, Metro was also the first transit agency in the country to utilize the U.S. Employment Plan (USEP), which incentivizes manufacturers to create good local jobs and training programs, invest in new or existing manufacturing facilities and generate unprecedented opportunities for historically underserved communities.”
President/Business Manager Luther Medina accepted the scroll on behalf of Local 105 that was presented by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Mr. Medina was accompanied by Local 105 Organizer Willy Solorzano and International Organizer Manny Gonzalez.