The Port of Los Angeles is the premier port in the United States and is firmly committed to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy and quality of life of Southern California. The Port of Los Angeles, North America`s largest seaport in terms of container volume and cargo value, enabled $272 billion in trade in 2016. The operation and trade of the San Pedro Bay Port Complex facilitates one of nine jobs in the region of the five counties of Southern California. Agreements help reduce overall construction costs by ensuring that work on a covered project is completed in an efficient, cooperative, cost-effective and non-disruptive manner. Contractors must remove workers from one of the two target areas set out in the agreement to meet hiring requirements. The first area extends from the waterfront neighborhood north to south-central Los Angeles. The second fan is from East Los Angeles and downtown Los Angeles to Sunland, Tujunga and other parts of the San Fernando Valley. Low-income communities near Los Angeles International Airport also belong to the second group. At least half of the trainees must live in these areas. “This PLA builds on the previous five-year agreement that benefited working families in the port area and helped Los Angeles remain one of the best ports in the world,” said Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents more than 100,000 merchants and artisans. “I am proud to say that we are extending this agreement and doubling its duration to 10 years. This is a great vote of confidence in the men and women of our affiliated local unions. “Project employment contracts have been successful for decades, and I`m sure that will be the case at the Port of Los Angeles,” said Richard Slawson, executive secretary of the Los Angeles and Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.
“For residents who live near the port, this agreement means more jobs for skilled workers and more learning opportunities for those who want to enter the world of work.” Under the previous agreement, the port completed 20 major construction projects on time and on budget and is on track to do the same with six remaining projects. The list represents a total investment of nearly $848 million and includes the Berth 200 marshalling yard, the TraPac container terminal project, the South Wilmington grade separation and waterfront improvements. The PLA is a lump sum agreement that sets salaries, benefits and labor rules for those tasked with building port projects. The agreement ensures that all workers – electricians, guards, scrap dealers, cement butchers, workers and others – receive the wages set out in the collective agreements of all participating unionized workers. The open shop model is gaining ground, with more than half of U.S. states having signed laws with a single right to work. The rules prohibit workers at union projects and sites from paying taxes or joining the organization themselves, and their supporters say they make the state more attractive for investment from companies looking to add or expand their presence. The PLA contains an initial list of 38 planned and proposed infrastructure projects, representing investments of approximately $780 million in port renovations, rail development, shore power upgrades, naval terminal upgrades and waterfront projects.
The Port expects that additional projects will be added over the life of the agreement. The Port of Los Angeles is the largest port in America and is strongly committed to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations to promote the economy and quality of life in Southern California. The Port of Los Angeles, North America`s largest shipping port in terms of container volume and cargo, generated $272 billion in trade in 2016. The port complex and commerce in San Pedro Bay provides one of nine jobs in Southern California along with five counties. The People`s Liberation Army`s recruitment rules are designed to reduce unemployment and underemployment in the port area and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of the city of Los Angeles. The PLA states that at least 30% of the total hours worked must be done by residents of certain areas of Los Angeles, which focus primarily on residents within 10 miles of the harbor. At least 10% of the total number of hours worked in the PLA are worked by disadvantaged workers residing in Los Angeles. In addition, at least 20% of the total working time will be carried out by interns in order to improve the skills of the local workforce, and at least half of these interns will be local residents. The Los Angeles Port Commissioners Board today approved a 10-year employment contract to ensure the Port of Los Angeles continues to hire port area workers and high-unemployment communities in the city. In the past, project employment contracts have helped contracting authorities to execute projects in a timely and conflict-free manner.
The PLA is a framework agreement that sets salaries, benefits and working rules for those responsible for the construction of certain port projects. The agreement ensures that all workers – electricians, pipefitters, ironworkers, cement workers, workers and others – receive the wages set out in the collective agreements of all participating union representatives. The PLA will serve as a framework agreement between the Port Department and the construction unions associated with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trade Council working on designated capital improvement projects. The PLA covers 95% of the port`s planned five-year capital budget of $1.5 billion. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councillor Janice Hahn announced last week that the Los Angeles Port Commission has approved a five-year port-wide Project Working Agreement (PLA) to facilitate safety, quality and timely construction on Port of Los Angeles capital projects. which will provide work and training opportunities for local and disadvantaged residents. According to the port, the new PLA includes 38 planned and proposed infrastructure projects totaling approximately $780 million, and more projects are likely to be added. “The men and women who check in every day at the Port of Los Angeles are a driving force in the global economy,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This working agreement on the project will create new career opportunities that Angelenos deserves and bring stability to operations as we invest billions in the infrastructure that will define the future of the port.” The project work agreement between the Port and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council sets wages, benefits and rules for employees working on designated port projects, while ensuring that they will receive the wages set out in the collective agreements of all participating unions. Based on the total number of working hours, the agreement requires contractors to achieve three goals for each project: residents perform at least 30% of the work. Bridging workers perform at least 10% of the work, which can be included in the local rent of 30%. .