Other Employment: 1 in 9

Various independent terminal operators, shipping and cruise lines, and service providers do business in and around the Port of Los Angeles.

Port Tenant Company Jobs

Other jobs generated at the Port are managed directly by Port tenant companies—from independent terminal operators, to shipping and cruise lines, to service and logistics companies. To find out about job opportunities, individuals should contact these companies directly. Visit the Pacific Maritime Association website for a list of member companies: pmanet.org/member-companies

Union Employment

Each year, the Port of Los Angeles handles billions of dollars’ worth of cargo. Much of this cargo movement is facilitated by labor unions that hire and train individuals in a variety of skill and specialty areas. Such jobs include warehouse workers, truck drivers, dock workers, welders, carpenters and workers in various maritime service sectors.
Learn more about the Port’s long-time collaboration with labor unions and the Port’s workforce development programs here.
Unions serving the Port include chapters of the ILWU, IBEW, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, SEIU, among others. Individuals interested in applying for a union job should contact the union of interest directly.

Construction Employment

Construction activity at the Port of Los Angeles is often contracted out through a competitive bid process. Jobs associated with these contracts are generally union jobs and information on employment opportunities should be sought directly from these on-site contractors at labavn.org.
The Harbor Worksource Center actively assists Harbor Area residents seeking employment in the the construction trades. To meet the local hire requirements of the Port of the Los Angeles Project Labor Agreement (PLA),  contractors working on Port construction projects often find qualified workers through the Harbor Worksource Center.
Under the PLA, at least 30 percent of total work hours need to be performed by local residents who live within the targeted areas of the City of Los Angeles, using a two-tier approach. The first tier includes residents within approximately 10 miles of the Port; the second tier includes residents of high-unemployment zip codes throughout the remainder of the City of Los Angeles.
Visit the Harbor Worksource Center in Downtown San Pedro for more information.
Harbor Worksource Center
222 West 6th Street, Suite 410
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 732-5700


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