LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A move to jump-start investment in local port projects took a large step forward on Wednesday after the City Council approved a five-year labor agreement with a union representing about 140,000 port construction workers.

The so-called Project Labor Agreement with the Los Angeles-Orange Counties Building Trades Council amounts to a blanket contract over wages and benefits for all future capital projects at the port.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who helped broker the agreement over the last two years, said the deal “represents years of hard work.”

“Up until now, we’ve had to negotiate each one of our projects every time it came up at the harbor,” she added.

Hahn expects the agreement to solidify investments expected to top $1.5 billion and potentially create over 6,000 construction jobs in the coming months and years.

Last week, the Air Quality Management District announced a $58 million award for power projects at the port complex.

The agreement requires 30 percent of workers on construction projects to come from local communities, which will specifically benefit people in Wilmington, San Pedro and Harbor City, Hahn said.

The agreement also reserves 10 percent of construction jobs for disadvantaged residents, such as single parents and people with no high school diplomas. Under the contract those areas “will see the benefits of living in the harbor area, not just the burdens,” Hahn said.

“There’s no doubt the Port of Los Angeles is a major economic engine for this region, but I also feel it’s important to ensure that workers in the communities that are most impacted by the operations of the port will also begin to see some benefits through jobs and job training,” she said.

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Comments (10)
  1. Suzanne McAdam says:

    Interesting that a labor deal is creating 6000 new jobs when anti labor corporate interests haven’t created one, despite all kinds of govt favors.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      These jobs will go to the worthless Longshoremen. They have it easy and get paid for doing four hours of work. I work for my money, the old fashioned way. These worthless crooks will hold a company hostage until they get there way. Extortion at it’s best.

  2. Dale says:

    That’s fine but too bad these jobs are protected for union workers only. To really help out the local economy, these positions should be available to all. We all know the unions bought and paid for these contacts . . . just wonderin’ how much was passed under the table.

  3. 1900innoho says:

    Janice Hahn did this deal???? IT STINKS and she is bought and paid for by the unions and illegal aliens (and their sympathizers). Corrupt as they come. The Hahn ‘dynasty’ is full of graft and corruption. And she wants to run for congress. God helps us.

  4. swhitS says:

    So there’s jobs for illegals but not the US citizen and taxpayer eh?


    There is jobs for everyone everywhere !!! Go out & look for them.. dont just sit here pin pointing fingers at ppl that actually want to work, while your at home commenting negative comments on these issues… Yes God help us from all this negativity!!!

  6. local 13 says:

    hey saber 1 you must be one of the ones that got denied…LMAO

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Hey local 13,

      I own my own business. I know how these maggots operate. It’s called extortion. We will move your goods, but we work four hours and get paid for eight. That is why yours beans cost so much.

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