The labor agreement is expected to apply to 40-50 city projects over the next five years worth an estimated $266 million.
The new project labor agreement could include street improvement projects funded through Measure A but community groups want to ensure that more Long Beach residents will land future jobs.
The new independent jobs coordinator will work across all city projects valued at $10 million or less, linking local workers to city construction projects.
A report is expected back in 30 days and could provide data that prompts the City Council to amend the labor agreement to include a jobs coordinator.
Standing in front of Long Beach City Hall with the demolition of Lincoln Park as the backdrop, a coalition of neighborhood groups pushing for more robust local hiring practices gathered Wednesday morning for a press conference in which they again pushed for a policy that would mandate hiring Long Beach residents over those from surrounding cities.
A plan to hire more local, disadvantaged and veteran workers for more than $700 million in construction projects for the Port of Long Beach was approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, officials announced.
Tensions ran high at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting as council members debated over the logistics of a possible Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in Long Beach.