Water Replenishment District of Southern California Signs Labor Agreement
Project labor agreement expected to raise quality of life for workers, increase region’s productivity
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, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) adopted a resolution to establish project labor agreements (PLA) for district construction projects. The signed agreement formalizes that resolution.
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," said WRD Board President, Albert 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."
The primary mission of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) is to improve the health, jobs safety and economic conditions of the members of its affiliates, and of all workers in the construction industry by all lawful means.
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California is the regional groundwater management agency that protects and preserves the quantity and quality of groundwater for two of the most utilized urban basins in the State of California. The service area is home to over ten percent of California's population residing in 43 cities in southern Los Angeles County.