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2016
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$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

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The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will guarantee jobs for local workers, disadvantaged residents, and veterans on an estimated $717 million in port infrastructure projects over the next five years.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was agreed to by the Harbor Commission and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council (LA/OC BCTC) on Monday night.  

The agreement will compliment the Port’s existing labor pacts, which cover almost $1.6 billion in construction projects and have resulted in over 5,300 local jobs. It will encourage apprenticeship programs and establish hiring programs and job fairs in the area. 

Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán praised the PLA:

“I am so pleased that the agreement approved by the Harbor Commission ensures that the Port is reaching out to local residents and disadvantaged workers to create good-paying opportunities.  And for the first time, we’ve added outreach to veterans. This agreement ensures ample, well-qualified workers on Port projects and is a win-win for our city and region.”

The PLA mandates that 40 percent of the workforce on the upcoming bevy of infrastructure projects will be made up of Los Angeles or Orange County residents.  The agreement also states that 15 percent must be disadvantaged workers and 10 percent must be veterans.  The agreement labels the “disadvantaged” as people enduring difficulties including homelessness, unemployment, or living on public benefits.

In a press release, Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup asserted the precedent for the PLA:

“We’ve been incredibly successful with these agreements.  It’s good policy to invest in local workers when we’re making these upgrades to enhance our competitiveness in the global market.”

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