Los Angeles County is one of the world’s largest economic powerhouses. With a high interest in creating jobs and growing industries throughout the County, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed two motions that Supervisor Hilda L. Solis co-authored with Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Janice Hahn, respectively, to strengthen our ability to grow partnerships in the private sector and make a difference in the construction industry.

“The development of Downtown Los Angeles is booming, and Metro is gearing up for a number of infrastructure projects in the years ahead. Jobs are coming, and we need to make sure our labor partnerships are strong and our local communities are primed to benefit,” said Supervisor Solis. “This is about getting more people into trades, construction careers, and on the right track.”

The first motion asks for a deeper look into the County’s existing Local and Targeted Worker Hire Policy, an evaluation of our current progress, and recommendations on how to continue using the tools that we have at our disposal. The second motion allows the County to work with a one time-tested partner to maximize career opportunities for our local residents in the construction industry. Both motions aim to address every aspect of the economic development process.

Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of the LA/OC Building Trade, added, “The Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote today will create thousands of good, middle-class careers in the Building Trades. The Building Trades look forward to bringing new apprentices and expanding Apprenticeship readiness throughout the County and also putting returning Veterans back to work.”

“On behalf of the 800,000 working women and men of the Los Angeles Labor Movement, we thank the LA County Board of Supervisors for passing motions that will ensure disadvantaged residents have access to the best jobs available,” said Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

As former United States Secretary of Labor, Supervisor Solis is committed to creating opportunities and career pathways for all residents in the County. As the County continues to upgrade its physical environment, it is also committed to building and strengthening community ties and bringing in stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and community members.

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CONTACT: Jessie Gomez, Communications Deputy, (213) 359-0795 or jgomez@bos.lacounty.gov