Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Port of Oakland Extends PLAs

Port of Oakland officials have added five more years to a project labor agreement that allows the hiring of East Bay workers for port construction projects.

The agreement - first negotiated in 2016 between the port and local labor groups - will further boost the number and pay of local hires and disadvantaged workers seeking trades careers. So far, local trades people have earned more than $19 million and 2,336 residents joined the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County apprenticeship programs because of the PLA in place, the port said.

"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.”