December 2019
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A $14 Billion Facelift for
One of America's Busiest Airports

Person A takes off from San Francisco for a 389-mile flight to Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 4. At the same time, Person B exits the 405 freeway bound for the same destination just 2.5 miles away.

Who gets there first?

The answer, to the frustration of millions of Angelenos each year, is that those two trips can, and often do, take the same amount of time. The solution is expected to be the largest public works program in Los Angeles history.

"I have been there where it took an hour to go around the horseshoe," said Local 11 President Rusty Roten, referring to the airport's layout, which consists of nine terminals arranged around a looping central roadway. "There are so many cars, everyone is pulling over waiting, buses are everywhere. And then the person you're coming for doesn't come out and the curb cops move you along and its: 'Oh God, no.'"

The traffic is one of the reasons that LAX — the fourth busiest airport in the world — ranked 72nd in the annual Skytrax survey of customer satisfaction below Quito, Ecuador, and Delhi, India. Cars and shuttle buses circling the terminal ring are the only way 85 million passengers a year can get to or from their planes. Even in car-centric LA, that's unsustainable.

With the city set to host the Olympics in 2028, Los Angeles World Airport, LAX's owner and operator, has begun a nearly $14 billion rebuild. To use an LA metaphor, this is no mere botox here or a little nip there; this is a Kardashian-level reconstruction.

That is excellent news for the members of Los Angeles Local 11, who will see millions of man-hours of work over the next decade, said Business Manager Joel Barton.

"Typically, we look at a $1 billion project and think '10% is our work.' That hasn't been the case at LAX," Barton said. "With all the sensors, conveyors, surveillance, fire alarms … everything is electrical. It's not just lights, plugs and audio. It's very inclusive. We see 20 to 25% is going to be our work."

And it's often highly technical work with challenges that will test even the most seasoned electricians. read_more

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Officers Column Stephenson:
Building the Grid
of the Future read_more
Cooper: Message Sent read_more

TransitionsHarry Bexley;
Anthony Salamone;
John "Keith" Craig read_more

PoliticsFight Continues to Protect Apprenticeships as DOL Prepares to Issue Rule read_more

CircuitsRail Workers' Safety,
Jobs in Jeopardy as Precision Scheduled Railroading Expands;
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Ohio Member Turns Fly Fishing Passion into Dream Trip, Television Appearance read_more

LettersIgnoring the Rules;
Erasing the Stigma;
Promises Kept;
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My Secure Retirement;
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