Los Angeles Wave Covers Construction Careers

L.A. convenes task force to find Black construction workers, billions of public work dollars in pipeline

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:15 pm | Updated: 11:25 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer | 0 comments

The Los Angeles City Council has formally launched a task force to find and reinstate over 1,000 qualified Black construction workers that went through apprenticeship programs in 2006 — to be ready for an estimated $2 billion worth of public work projects in the next five years and another $7.5 billion in the private sector spanning work at LAX and the Port of Los Angeles.

It followed discussions back in November where the call out was first made, along with knowledge of a $400,000 set-aside grant through the Workforce Investment centers that would help pay for apprentices to cover their lapsed union dues.

Meanwhile, a secondary goal of the initiative will be to build a pipeline for job opportunities in construction for disadvantaged youth and unemployed males in inner city neighborhoods in L.A.

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