At Metro’s Construction Committee last week, board member and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, co-authored a motion to create a report card system to grade the success of Metro contractors in meeting their female hiring goals. Since Metro is precluded by law from giving direct rewards for meeting the goals, the system is aimed at encouraging contractors to exceed the current 6.9 percent goal. Report cards will be posted online and the committee will report to the full Metro Board quarterly.
Increasing the hiring of women for construction jobs is a top priority, Kuehl added.
“We hope that this report card sends a clear message to our contractors that this board wants to invest in female achievement in the construction trades and we need their help to make that happen,” Kuehl said.
Construction jobs are productive for women because there is a relatively minor gender pay gap in the industry. Women earn 93 percent of what men make in union construction jobs, as opposed to 80 percent on average in others.
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