Port of Oakland posts increase in use of local workers
Workers living in Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro and Emeryville represented 37 percent of the total work hours, which is a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year. Local contractors and workers were instrumental in projects involving improvements at Oakland International Airport's North Field Runway Safety Area, the Oakland Outer Harbor Terminal support yard Phase I and renovations at Oakland International Airport's Building M102 Air Traffic Control Tower.
“The Port of Oakland contributes to the local economy by being a major job creator,” Port of Oakland Director of Social Responsibility Amy Tharpe said. “We work closely with the general contracting community to ensure that they are doing everything possible to support local hiring.”
The Port of Oakland has been committed to increasing local hiring for more than a decade, beginning with the adoption of 2000's Maritime Aviation Project Labor Agreement (MAPLA), which was updated in February 2016. The agreement, which is a collective bargaining agreement between public agencies, contractors and local labor organizations, works to provide more local employment and a more stable project labor force.