Oakland-CA – November 20, 2012 – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan brought the leadership of the Port of Oakland and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 together in an effort to get the parties back on a path to contract resolution.
This decision would allow marine terminals in the Oakland seaport to resume operations as early as 7 p.m. this evening. All terminals were closed today due to strike activities. The Port of Oakland and SEIU are still scheduled for fact-finding hearings on November 30 and December 3.
Mayor Jean Quan commended the step: “Both sides need to come together so that the Port can continue being the economic engine of good jobs that we all need it to be.”
Acknowledging the progress, Acting Port Executive Director Deborah Ale Flint stated: “The Port is committed to reaching a mutually agreeable contract, as soon as possible. This important step will allow our marine terminals to reopen for the evening shift, and make sure our truckers and shippers can get their goods to market on time.”
"We are encouraged that the Port of Oakland has agreed to a path that will quickly bring us together. We hope to reach a resolution as soon as possible," said SEIU Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez.
About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube and at www.portofoakland.com.
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