Labor Compliance & Project Labor Agreement (PLA)

Labor Compliance

California Labor Code section 1770 et seq. require contractors on public works projects to pay their workers the proper prevailing wage rates.

These rates are established and issued by the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Statistics and Research. Pursuant to Labor Code 1726, the District will take cognizance of potential prevailing wage violations when executing construction projects by actively monitoring contractors for the payment of prevailing wage rates and adherence to all Labor Compliance requirements.

As part of our monitoring efforts the District will:

  • Require weekly submission of certified payroll reports for projects awarded after October 2014 through LCP Tracker;
  • Conduct site observations and field interviews of workers on the project to ensure workers are reported and paid the proper wage;
  • Routinely request random payroll confirmations such as copies of check stubs, time cards, worker cancelled checks, proof of fringes, etc.

The District’s active monitoring of prevailing wage requirements will:

  • Allow for real time monitoring of prevailing wage requirements and coordination with contractors to correct potential violations before they disrupt the project;
  • Ensure that there is a level playing field for all contractors bidding with the proper prevailing wage rates in mind;
  • Deter end of project worker complaints and other prevailing wage issues that may hold up project completion or closeout.

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Project Labor Agreement

The Los Angeles Community College District entered into the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the local building and construction unions in 2001 and amended on July 8, 2015 (APLA). The PLA is intended to ensure labor harmony on project jobsites and provide a uniform labor relations framework for both labor and management during the construction program. Among the goals and objectives of the PLA are to:

  • Prevent work stoppages or slowdowns due to labor disputes
  • Establish a Community Economic Development Program to ensure a sufficient supply of qualified District residents and graduates are hired for project work, including assisting residents and graduates commence in union apprenticeship programs
  • Implement an efficient dispute resolution process and grievance procedure to resolve labor disputes when matters arise
  • Encourage contracting with small businesses that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles

Commitment to Creating Jobs for District Residents and Graduates

  • All parties agree to cooperate fully in the District’s Community Economic Development Program – Article III, Section 3(c)(iii)
  • 35 percent of all skilled trade positions employed on project work shall be workers residing within the zip codes specified for a particular campus (or for the District as a whole when residents of the campus-specific zip codes are not available) – Established in Article III, Section (c)(i) and (c)(ii)
  • 10 percent of such local resident hires shall include disadvantaged workers and/or veterans qualified for project work and referred to the unions from a program to be coordinated by and with the Build-LACCD Program Manager – Established in Article III, Section 3(c)(i)
  • The signatory unions recognize the importance to the District of providing Los Angeles Trade Technical College (“Trade Tech”) students and graduates with the opportunity to participate both in the signatory unions apprenticeship programs and work on the project under this agreement – Article XI, Section 4

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