Lara Reappointed Chair of Senate Ports Select Committee, Urges End to Labor Stalemate

February 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) announced today that he will continue leading the California Senate Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement. The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the committee by a vote of 5-0 and reappointed Senator Lara as Committee Chair. The announcement comes at a critical time when contract negotiations between shipping companies and dockworkers have stalled, prompting U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to intervene.

“California’s ports serve as a global gateway to good jobs, productivity and a strong economy,” said Senator Ricardo Lara whose district includes the Port of Long Beach. “In today's global economy, goods moved through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles affect every community in the United States and any action to hinder or halt productivity at our ports hurts us all. No one wins when work stops at our ports, that’s why I urge a fair resolution that puts an end to the needless stalemate and gets our ports back to work.”

Senator Lara has chaired the Select Committee for Ports & Goods Movement for 2 years. Lara represents the Port of Long Beach which is the second busiest container seaport. Recent stalled contract negotiations have resulted in congestion at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and lost business for companies awaiting their imports.

“As Chairman of the Select Committee on Ports & Goods Movement, I am committed to working with key stakeholders to ensure that our ports remain robust and open for business so that businesses and workers thrive,” added Lara.