D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. United investors and local labor leaders announced a deal Tuesday that would require mostly union workers to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium pegged for Buzzard Point in Southwest.
The stadium project is still far from certain. The mayor has not acquired the needed land nor approval from the D.C. Council to build the stadium under a complex series of deals proposed by City Administrator Allen Lew, and critics have begun questioning the project’s value to taxpayers.
But Gray and Lew said that by agreeing to use union labor, the District and team would ensure that the project would provide job opportunities for D.C. residents and could be completed on-time.
Under the agreement the team agrees to require its general contractor, as well as subcontractors earning as much as $6 million in stadium work, to use union labor. A provision under the city’s First Source program will require the hiring of D.C. residents.