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Another Billion Dollar PLA Signed in L.A.

There has been no city more supportive of union construction than Los Angeles throughout the national anti-worker attack.

The trend continues as the redevelopment of the Wilshire Grand Hotel will use a Project Labor Agreement to execute its $1.2 billion investment. According to Building Trades News, the hotel will become “the first new office building to be constructed in LA in more than 22 years.” More from BTN:

The Building Trades were crucial in organizing support and negotiating a Project Labor Agreement to provide union construction jobs.

“The sports and entertainment district will be linked to the Wilshire Grand, making it a unique destination in this city,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry. “Wilshire Grand is the key to our redevelopment. The old hotel is obsolete and LA lacks enough 4-star hotel rooms to attract conventions to the city.”

Dozens of speakers testified on behalf of the rebuild, which is being developed by Thomas Properties and hotel owner Korean Air. It will create 4,800 union construction jobs and an additional 6,000 permanent union positions in the hotel and office buildings.

“The jobs created by this program are very significant,” Jim Thomas, CEO of Thomas Properties, told Building Trades News.


Tom Robles, also of Ironworkers 416, urged the council to vote yes because of all the jobs, tourists and money the project would bring. “It will give us work in the construction industry, but it will also offer thousands of good-paying jobs for LA County residents after it is built.”

Maria Elena Durazo, LA County Federation Executive Secretary, said the new Wilshire Grand will put thousands of Angelenos back to work. “This is a model program,” she said, negotiated with a PLA for the Building Trades and a collective bargaining agreement for hotel employees. “We should hold it up as a model for all employers to follow.”

Read BTN’s full article HERE.

Related links to Los Angeles PLA stories:

L.A. Harbor Panel Set to Approve PLA
Universal City Eyes $3 Billion Build Out
L.A., Fresh Off $2 Billion PLA, Invests $72 Million in Transportation Infrastructure
Putting the L.A. in PLA


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