September 11, 2017 4:45 PM, EDT
Port of L.A., Labor Group Sign 10-Year Agreement on Construction
Port of Los Angeles Tim Rue/Bloomberg News

The Port of Los Angeles’ Harbor Commissioners approved a 10-year labor agreement for infrastructure improvements at North America’s busiest containerport.

A statement from the port Sept. 7 said that the Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council.


The Project Labor Agreement just ratified requires nearly a third of the well-paying jobs and apprenticeships generated by most major port construction projects go to residents of the harbor area and high-unemployment communities within the City of Los Angeles.

“The men and women who clock in every day at the Port of Los Angeles are a driving force in the global economy,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “This Project Labor Agreement will create new career opportunities that Angelenos deserve and bring stability to operations as we invest billions in infrastructure that will define the future of the Port.”

The Trades Council represents more than 100,000 workers in Southern California.

The PLA is a blanket agreement that establishes wages, benefits and work rules for those hired to build designated port projects, the port statement said. The agreement covers electricians, pipefitters, iron workers, cement masons, laborers and others who are members of participating union locals.

The agreement covers at least 38 planned and proposed infrastructure projects representing an investment of about $780 million in wharf improvements, rail enhancements, shore power upgrades, marine oil terminal modernization and waterfront projects. The Port of L.A. expects to add more projects over the life of the agreement, the port statement said.

Under the prior five-year agreement, the port completed 20 major construction projects and has six remaining projects to go. The list represents nearly $848 million worth of investment and includes the Berth 200 Rail Yard, TraPac Container Terminal Project, the South Wilmington Grade Separation and waterfront improvements.