Pier 400 Approved Dockworker Training Center at Port of LA – Daily Breeze
A temporary training facility for stevedores received approval Thursday, Feb. 10, as the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex adjusts to an era that will bring new zero-emissions technology and more automation to the docks.
The Pacific Maritime Association center will be built on vacant land on Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles to ‘re-skill and upskill’ workers while planning a new, larger and more permanent training facility – on the Wilmington side of the twin. port complex — gets under way.
Workers who wish to follow the training will be selected according to their seniority but also their skills, determined via an evaluation test.
The facility is expected to open later this year.
Construction will include the installation of a 20,000 square foot pre-engineered metal building and two pre-engineered classrooms. The site is currently paved.
The PMA will invest approximately $11.5 million in the training project. The project will train 900 workers over a 10-year period, port officials said.
In 2019, after a period that saw terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach follow a path towards more automation – a process that would lead to job losses at the docks – the PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union agreed to establish a worker training program that would enable ILWU members to keep pace with the modernization of the industry.
Specifically, specialized and technical training would focus on the maintenance and repair of low emission terminal equipment and technology.
The PMA – which represents employers at West Coast ports and container terminals and is responsible for negotiating employment contracts with the ILWU – applied in September for a port permit to lease and develop the Pier 400 site. .
Training operations would include the maintenance and repair of cargo handling equipment, forklifts, heavy lifting devices and other equipment.
The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the permit at its meeting on Thursday. The initial rent will be $671 per month, but will be adjusted annually.
Funding from the state budget, meanwhile, will provide $110 million to develop a goods movement training center, also within the port complex.
This center will take three years to build and is designed to attract new workers to the freight industry. It will also address skills shortages and provide workers with a means to upgrade their skills to meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry.