OAKLAND, CA — The Port of Oakland is facing "significant financial challenges" and, as a result, the port has asked the union representing custodians for concessions in talks for a new contract, according to the Oakland North.
The union representing port workers who do maintenance, janitorial and security work disagree over the port’s financial health, and for the last year, the two sides have negotiated but have been unable to come to an agreement, the article stated.
According to the article, if an agreement between port officials and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is not reached in the next few months, port officials may impose a new contract on workers, which would result in a strike.
The two sides have been in the process of negotiating a new contract since June 30, 2011, when the previous contract expired, the article noted.
An arbitrator will be selected to review the final offer, and if a deal can''t be worked out, "the next step is the imposition of the contract on the SEIU," the article added.
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