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>> thank you. we will be calling item 6, public comment. >> this is an opportunity for members of the public to address directors. director kim: is there any public comment at this time? seeing none, public comment is closed. please call the regular calendar. >> item 7. approving the proposed project labor agreement with the unions and the san francisco building and construction trades council with respect to the transbay transit center program construction projects. >> directors, before i ask bob to give the presentation, i wanted to say a few things about the project labor agreement. i wanted to begin by thanking and expressing our appreciation to the labors and carpenters, operating engineers and trades for their cooperative working relationship with the transbay joint powers authority for the last six months in which meat --
we negotiated the pla. we appreciate their professionalism. i should know, most pla's take more than two years to negotiate. we were able to hours within six months. that is a testament to the good working relationship we have had with the various unions over many years. secondly, i want to point out, they propose pla before you is one of the strongest and well written that i have ever seen. we looked at numerous, over 20 pla's from across the country and found hours -- work hard to about best practices and the drafting of the pla. what makes it strong as one that will allow the party to stay on time, on schedule, highest quality and in the most cost- effective manner. that is what we negotiated. you get into more details as to
why that is. in addition, in more specific. numerous her dispute mechanism that will address and cry for efficient records for jurisdiction dispute, labor dispute, and any party grievances the makeup. additionally, pla gives contractors to to effectively manage their work forces. it includes project specific inclusion that provide for the use of modern construction materials and methods that are going to be key components to the successful completion of the project appeared when you combine everything, and they will protect the transbay project and will provide crucial job site and work for stability that will help our project finish on time and on budget. in addition, i want to express appreciation and thanks to our chair person jane kim for her comments at the october board
hearing where she requested more detail on the pla high school and adult apprenticeship program. with the assistance of mike from the building trade and james of the san francisco unified school district, with our chair persons comments, we have writ the pla that might implement the pla apprenticeships and pre- apprenticeship opportunities for youth and adults. reticulate, you adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. in addition to pla the that promotes programs. how much hard hats programs and disabled veterans to the word warrior program. we are very proud to be including the program is the
first time they have been included. as they indicate in their material, our veterans have to defend america now lets them build it. we're supportive of those efforts as well. finally, in response both to our insured person and director reiskin's comments at the last board meeting, we added three resolve causes to the proposed causes. regarding the implementation of the pla and work of the joint administrative committee, the report requirements of the tjpa contractors. now i would like this and bob to present the details of the pla.
>> the proposed product labor agreement we have, with all product labor agreements establishes a general terms and conditions for work. all work on the project site. it is not -- does not restrict contract and opportunities on the program to only union contractors but provides provisions for inclusion of small and non-using contracts. the effort that we went through with the unions, negotiating the document, bringing it to the board, began over six months ago. we presented last month as you are were aware, to receive public comment. we now bring it to you for approval with the consent.
labours, carpenters, operating engineers, trade council, or lead in negotiating the pla with us. pla is a benefit to the program. because of our scope, complexity, duration, having a pla to regulate the issues that may arise whether it is between our contract community or the unions or between is essential to make sure that we avoid disruptions or labor action that could affect the execution of our program.
along into print or employees to the program to the project and also, through the joint administrative committee, bring the unions to the table if we are having difficulty meeting small business participation goals for them to win and be part of the dialogue about how we can for the public -- promote small business participation. can the other elements include compensation provisions, uniform work schedules, holiday schedules, across the trade, safety and training, we have a safety and training program administered by webcor/obayashi for all workers coming onto the site. pla also include drug and of all tests provisions and also provides that if we need to put in place a background check
program clearance program, workers on the project we can also do that and implement that. it lays out the management rights. these are the minutes and writes a sign to the contractors working on the program. it just out lines those. it promotes, as maria mentioned, the apprenticeship programs. there has been a lot of work over the last month to expand the apprenticeships and pre- apprenticeship programs, particularly with the san francisco school district. tjpa, the building trades council will be partner with the school district remote pre- apprenticeship programs, including a multi-trade core curriculum in district classes, educational tools for students of our project site, internship
opportunities, tjpa participation in a printer should job fairs with the schools. through the unions, into their apprenticeship programs for graduates of the school district program. the program also extends to adults. we're trying to work with the unions to try to promote opportunities for underprivileged and up -- underrepresented membership in the unions, working with cdo's to identify candidates for those apprenticeship programs. on apprenticeships in general, state law out lines provisions for apprenticeships hours, pay rates, so forth. a threshold here is to have one
hour of apprenticeships labor for every five hours of german labor on the project. the apprentices will be graduates of state certified apprenticeship programs that are administered by the trade unions. we plan to come back, as maria mentioned, to the board, to provide quarterly reporting on the apprenticeships and pre- apprenticeship programs and the efforts we have been engaged in and to monitor and report on progress of the contractors, unions, on referring and enlisting apprentices on the project. that concludes my presentation on the pla. we recommended to the board for adoption. happy to answer questions you might have. director ortiz: i am sorry i was done here the lost time, but you discussed it in october.
i have a couple of questions. director reiskin mentioned something. reporting done about the jobs created? >> that is correct. if you look at the last resolution results clauses and the resolution, we will be doing it. director ortiz: as a partner of this, contributor of funds, ac transit representative, i would like to see the breakdown geographically of where the jobs have come from, number one. i would like to see the ac transit service area in the east bay to have the ability to access the jobs that will be created. on the sbe program, number one b, city and county of san
francisco certified, what happens with sp's from other areas like east bay or the caltrain area? >> the program adopted by the board recognizes not only the san francisco small-business registration but state gsa sbe business registration. also, the state dbe registration. we have ways for local and regional small businesses to be recognized and participate in our program. >> director, i wanted to respond to your other comments regarding the breakdown. we are a federalized project. we do hire regionally and we
have members on this board from other counties. east bay, san the tail, -- san mateo, santa clara, and even the proposal at the federal level as part of the jobs action that included the provision on local hiring, adjacent to the project site, so it was never just about strictly within the place where the pride is being constructed. we are definitely tracking regional. we will be providing that to you. director ortiz: we would love to provide accessibility. >> santa clara, san mateo. director kim: now we will open up for public comment. >> we have public speaker cards from mike brown, danny campbell. if there are other members of the public, please line up.
>> good morning, directors. michael brown. senior agent. i wanted to complement again maria ayerdi-kaplan and bob, the lso wanted to remind you, local 22 has been rebuilding sanlocal francisco since the 1800's. you want to continue to do so and we're looking forward to building the project. also, on the helmets too hard at part of the program, i am a veteran. tomorrow is veterans day. i would like to see this pla past. >> i just want to take the opportunity to take you for your work and leadership. giving your upcoming retirement, making so much for all that you have done.
>> manny flores. local carpenters 22. tough act to follow. on this project ever agreement, it has proven over time, this can be two things that it could bring. coming in under budget and time frame. very important. we look for your support. on another note, the last time i spoke, going back to the high schools apprenticeship program. i am happy to report by senior agent, williams, who will be replacing mike, we met with the principal at john o'connell high school. we did get a sneak preview of their new building. it is exciting. we were impressed. we had a good meeting, when back to our pre-apprenticeship program.
as i say, baby steps. we are excited. commissioner, i will be coming to you for advice. any help that you can be to me, so -- we look for your support on this pla project. director kim: thank you. >> danny campbell. >> good morning, madame chair, director, members of the board. danny campbell. she metalworkers' local 104. i applaud you on all the harvard you have done in putting together this pla. this will ensure the taxpayers would get the best value for their tax dollars. as the slide show, the benefits of the pla. i urge you to support this pla.
thanks. >> eddie ahn with brightline. >> good morning, directors. first of all, let me start off by saying bart line supports the proposed pla on the transbay terminal. we wanted to particular thing belabors and carpenters for introducing the agreement to make sure that this agreement works, to make sure that it is union work as well. union benefits and wages are key to ensuring mobility for low income communities, as well as making sure the construction work itself is maintained at critical standards. we do have one concern. we were hoping it would be addressed today as part of the discussion, moving to the pla board. that is making sure, if the federal government decides to
change its current prohibition on geographic preferences, local and regional hiring are incorporated, and that the parties are able to come back to the table to talk about local and re as director reiskin and director kim pointed out in the last meeting, we saw indications, positive indications, that the federal government can potentially change its position on local hiring, which is a ronald reagan-era band that exists. there are two examples of this. the obama administration level, there was a report called reading pathway to opportunity in 2011, which describes how local hiring is a job creation strategy at the local and regional level. there are also comments by fda administrator peter wrote off. those were made in may. those also indicated that local hiring was an old ronald reagan- era practice again that deserves revisiting, and he indicated for
fda and the projects, as well as products under the jobs plan, potential regional hiring and hiring practices can come to life as well. given all the hard work in this pla, we hope the parties will commit to undertake another effort to engage communities to greatest extent possible. to that end, we are encouraged the transbay court powers authority has taken steps to incorporate new clauses that were mentioned by the previous presenter on these particular concerns, including regional hiring. we would also like to propose an additional clause, perhaps, that transbay joint powers authority staff will commit to lobbying federal government to this and extend the los angeles county mta, metro staff has, making sure that federal prohibitions on local hiring can be revisited. in conclusion, pla's for a critical tool to make sure we deliver high wage benefits they
we are not negotiating, but we are knowledge and will mix of parties to come back to the table when the federal government lifts its ban. director kim: thank you. >> ramone hernandez. local labor 261. >> good morning, directors. on behalf of my members, this is one of the greatest pla's i have ever seen. i have to think area. she put in a lot of effort for the perhaps quickest pla that has happened in history. i think we did a great job.
this pla can put thousands to work. not only in east bay, san franciscans, all over the bay area. it is a really good pla. i forgot to mention, everything that will be put into the building, that facility will need to be made in the united states, which is really good. i hope you support all of that. thank you. director kim: i noticed many of your members are here. would you like them to stand in support? thank you. >> james bryant.
>> good morning, directors. >director kim: we called mr. bryan be we will continue to call the names. >> james bryant. western regional director. have done a very fine job, maria, you always have done a fine job around the city. you continue. i am impressed that you all have been very good about looking at what is important about making sure this project works in a very professional way, in a very financial responsible way, and bringing all the unions together, including mike. that is a joke. let me express, if at all possible, if you could saee any
federal changes to keep the door open. i come from a community that has very high unemployment, and we would like to use this as a possibility of changing, not only the status of someone's common life, but the status of a community's life. this project has the potential. i am impressed with the categories that you all have diligently talked about. those categories including, where you need to start, which is where the youths are, the high schools, in developing folks with apprenticeship programs. i am impressed. i support this project. i think this community will wholeheartedly support this project, and i say that this is a regional project. we respect all regions, whether alameda county, san francisco,
san mateo, all of these regional counties will be impacted by this work. again, i want to stress, you all have done something that i did not see in the near future that could be done, and that is putting something fantastic together. kudos to you and i support from my organization, not only locally, but nationally. director kim: thank you. >> we have a couple more cards. if you want to speak, line up or submit a card. >> good morning, and directors. i am a community advocate for chinese for affirmative action. representing chinatown and we would like to support the pla. we would also like to see stronger local hiring provisions on this project labor
agreement. in that way, there will be more doors open for job opportunities for underserved residents of san francisco. thank you. director kim: thank you. >> good morning, everyone. jackie plan. we are also in support of the pla. -- flynn. we feel the current pla is in line with product standards and is being completed on time and on budget. we appreciate that. we would like to see, as my colleague said, more definition around the apprenticeship programs, opportunities for disadvantaged residents. we would like to see a realistic, measurable goals for targeted hiring and community unregenerate recruitment. thank you for your time. director kim: thank you.
>> good morning, madame chairman. i am here to speak in support of the pla, in appreciation for the work of the board of directors, their attention to detail, and genuine concern for the safety, security, and welfare of the workers on the project. with that, the operating engineers and represent 40,000 active and retired members across northern california, nevada, utah, hawaii, and i represent the workers in san francisco, marin, and san mateo counties. it is a product that provides a lot of work for our members. we send out workers from those three counties first. it is a regional project, and it
is a great opportunity for us to get this economy, to get our members to work. thank you. director kim: because several of the community advocates have brought this up, it was something that was brought up in the last board meeting, if there are changes to federal law allowing regional and local hiring targets, would you support a reopening of discussions, if that occurred? >> currently, we are putting local workers to work. director kim: yes, but would you consider reopening, if there were federal changes that happened? >> we would have to look at the proposed changes. director kim: right. it would just be a discussion. if you do not do, will answer the question, that is fine. >> obviously, we can discuss the
proposed change, but the nature of the change -- director kim: exactly. thank you. >> michael terio. san francisco building trick council. i think we're around 7% higher. that has been a rational approach to the question. we would be open to discussion of formalizing that, if and when it became possible under federal law. one of the things i most excited about is something that has developed in the last month or two in this discussion, and that is the tie to the school district shop programs. for 22 years, we in the trades have been pleading for a restoration of these programs in our schools. they said generations of workers into our trade. finally we have that. i came to tears when i saw that shot building open up.