The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has accepted a 10-year extension of the current project labor agreement for construction projects at airports and properties owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), including Los Angeles International Airport.

The project labor agreement covers current capital improvement construction work at LAX and projects that are not yet determined at LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, and property at Palmdale airport.

Parsons Constructors Inc. of Pasadena negotiated the project labor agreement with the National Building Trades Department, International Unions, Building and Construction Trades of California, and the two local Building and Construction Trades Councils and affiliated unions.

The agreement also was coordinated with the Carpenters International Union and its Regional Council. All agencies agreed to the extension, airport officials said.

“Los Angeles World Airports is pleased to accept the extension of the project labor agreement, which will provide a significant boost to Los Angeles’ economic development activities,” said Samson Mengistu, LAWA deputy executive director of administration. “We thank Parsons Constructors for negotiating the agreement and the labor organizations for agreeing to its extension.”

The extension will take effect Jan. 1, and will cover more than $2 billion worth of construction projects at LAX, with future work to be added in Phase 2 and 3 of the airport’s long-range Capital Improvement Program, airport officials said. These next phases are expected to bring highly-skilled and well-paid jobs to the Los Angeles area, with a requirement that 30 percent of those hired are from the region, officials noted.

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