WRD Signs Historic Labor Agreement
Will hire local workers from the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) signed an historic labor agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. This agreement affirms the District's longstanding practice to hire local workers and the agreement ensures that all WRD projects will financially benefit the cities served by the District.
In 2008 WRD adopted a resolution to establish project labor agreements (PLA) for District construction projects. The signed agreement formalizes that resolution.
"This project labor agreement represents WRD's commitment to ensuring optimum productivity and high quality District construction projects while also guaranteeing that working men and women within our service area are provided good paying jobs," said WRD Board President, Albert Robles. "Our board is proud that this PLA will create local hiring preferences and thereby keep dollars circulating throughout our region."
The Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council represent a highly trained workforce of approximately 150,000 members, as well as an active apprentice program.
"We are proud to be working with WRD," said Robbie Hunter, the executive secretary for the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. "Partnerships like this increase productivity in the region and are a driving force for the local economy."
"Project labor agreements, like the one we signed today, raise the quality of life for workers by providing good paying jobs and benefits that help sustain their families," added Robles. "The local hiring component in the agreement will result in more dollars being spent within our communities and will contribute in strengthening our local economy.