All summer we suffered through the consequences of labor shortages in Oakland. We do not need to recap those issues again, but we do want to highlight change is on the horizon.
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) agreed to promote 150 casuals to International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Class B status and hire an additional 400 casuals. Many of the Class B workers have already completed their tractor training and are on the job. The PMA is quickly working to on-board the casuals.
Additionally, 30 clerks are being added to the roster and are in the process of being trained.
This additional labor is great news for users of the port. It is also much needed as the port and terminal operators move forward with their plan for Saturday gates.