File #: 2017-0786   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/17/2017 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 11/30/2017 Final action: 11/30/2017
Title: WE THEREFORE MOVE that the Board direct the Chief Executive Officer to: A. Create a report card/score card system reflecting attainment of the female utilization goals for Metro PLA contractors that is aimed at encouraging contractors to exceed the current goals; B. Publish the report card quarterly on the Metro website and as part of the quarterly PLA report to the Metro Board. In addition, report to the Metro Board on ways in which the report card could be reviewed and considered by Metro in upcoming contract opportunities; C. Develop an incentive program to encourage contractors to exceed the 6.9% female utilization goal, such as a one-on-one meeting comprised of the Chair, a Board Member, and the CEO; and D. Develop a provision to the Employment Hiring Plan that requires contractors to demonstrate how they create/promote a diverse and inclusive work environment in the field (i.e. child care, restrooms, sexual harassment prevention). This should include, encouraging contractors ...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Construction, Contractors, Disparity Study, Eric Garcetti, Gender, Hilda Solis, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Janice Hahn, Kathryn Barger, Measure M, Motion / Motion Response, Program, Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy, Shelia Kuehl, Women & Girls Governing Council
Related files: 2017-0808
NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Motion by:

Kuehl, Hahn, Garcetti, Dupont-Walker, Solis, Barger, and Bowen

Related to Item 33: Encouraging Contractors to Increase Women's Workforce Participation on Metro Construction Projects

In 1978, Executive Order 11246 by then President Jimmy Carter, established the nationwide female utilization goal for hours worked on federally funded construction projects. In 1980, the specific goal of 6.9% was established by statute. While the goal has been in effect for more than 37 years, the attainment rate continues to fall short. The national average is below 3%, the state of California average is 2.1%, and Metro is currently averaging 3.35%.

Since 2012, Metro's Project Labor Agreement (PLA)/Construction Careers Program (CCP) has proven that diversifying the workforce on construction projects can improve access to career opportunities and served as a catalyst for improving socio- economic status. While the Metro PLA/CCP has met or exceeded its targeted hiring goals aimed to provide jobs to economically disadvantaged workers, females remain significantly underrepresented on construction projects.

With the passage of Measure M, Metro will oversee the largest public works program in the country. Forty major capital projects are planned over the four decades. Measure M projects are expected to generate more than 450,000 construction-related jobs. There are many benefits for women who consider employment in the construction field - namely, the relatively minor gender pay gap, women earn 93% of what men make in union construction jobs as opposed to 80% on average in other jobs.

A review of best practices from around the country found that cities like Seattle and Boston are exceeding the female utilization goal by integrating a supply and demand strategy to increase gender diversity on construction projects. Some of the barriers to attract women to the male dominated construction industry are: 1...

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