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Port of Oakland Board extends Project Labor Agreement 5 years

Port partners with Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County

Press Releases, Seaport, Airport, Community
December 24th, 2020

Oakland, Calif. – December 24, 2020: The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners have extended the Port's landmark project labor agreement (PLA) that increases East Bay hiring on Port-related capital projects. Negotiated in 2016, the PLA serves as a model for increasing the number of disadvantaged workers in the construction trades especially the highly competitive list trades. The five-year contract will continue to increase local hiring on Port construction projects, increase the number of disadvantaged workers entering the trades and boost earnings for local workers. The Port’s PLA contributes greatly to the East Bay economy. Since 2016, local workers earned over $19 million.

"Our agreement specifically addresses the need to increase participation of local, minority and disadvantaged workers," said Port of Oakland Director of Social Responsibility Amy Tharpe. "It also strengthens key partnerships within industry and labor so that we can prepare our workforce for a post-pandemic construction environment.”

Key outcomes of the Port’s 2016 project labor agreement:

  • 2,336 local residents entered into Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County apprenticeship programs
  • 63 new union apprentices worked more than 27,000 hours
  • 21 percent of apprentice hours were completed by local, disadvantaged workers
  • $233,000 was awarded to local community-based organizations for workforce development programs

The Port of Oakland created a Maritime Aviation Project Labor Agreement (MAPLA) in 1999. The agreement covers maritime and aviation-related construction projects funded through the Port's Capital Improvement Program. It supports smaller companies that do business with the Port.

Project labor agreements are collective bargaining agreements between public agencies and local labor organizations. The agreements are authorized under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Media Contacts

Robert Bernardo
Port of Oakland
Acting Communications Director
(510) 627-1401
rbernardo@portoakland.com

Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
Port Spokesperson 
(510) 627-1193
msandifur@portoakland.com 

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