The advocacy group Jobs to Move America says it worked with the MTA to include a U.S. Employment Plan with the RFP.
According to research from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, the MTA’s inclusion of the U.S. Employment Plan in its latest purchase could help support up to 33,165 U.S. jobs. It also means opportunities for communities that have long missed out on the benefits of transit investments, such as women and people of color.
“Adopting this plan, which includes a jobs disclosure and evaluation tool for the purchase of these trains will not only improve New York's transit system, it will also create good jobs and revive manufacturing in our communities that need it the most. JMA congratulates Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA on their commitment to economic development and job access for historically excluded communities,” said Linda Nguyen, deputy director at Jobs to Move America.
Senator Charles Schumer of New York said, “Creating good family-supporting jobs and improving our transit system is key to boosting livelihoods in New York. I commend the MTA, the Jobs to Move America coalition and others on their important work making this happen.”
Jobs to Move America's New York coalition, which includes the Transport Workers Union Local 100, Community Service Society, and Community Voices Heard, came together to encourage the MTA to adopt the U.S. Employment Plan.
"The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York is a massive economic engine that should be creating as many jobs as possible for American families,” said John Samuelsen, executive vice president of Transport Workers Union of America and president of TWU Local 100. “The inclusion of the U.S. Employment Plan in this railcar RFP is an extremely positive step in the right direction."