On May 31st the California High-Speed Rail Authorit was joined by workers representing multiple local union halls to announce that more than
have been created since the start of the high-speed rail project. Strong partnerships have been made with the State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and many other groups to train and hire a skilled workforce to build the nation’s first high-speed rail system.
Not only has this project created jobs, but each design-builder is implementing the project’s Targeted Worker Program. Under the Authority’s Community Benefits Agreement, 30 percent of all project work hours are to be performed by National Targeted Workers. Each design-builder is meeting or exceeding this goal. Out of the 2,000 workers dispatched to the project, 145 reported living in Madera County, with 954 living in Fresno County and 172 living in Kern County.