“Emerging Oakland businesses” to get a larger piece of school construction funds

The Oakland school board just approved a new (renegotiated) Project Labor Agreement for its Measure A and B-funded construction bond projects, a move that should give more jobs and apprenticeships to Oakland residents and businesses.

Under the old PLA, the school district was only able to earmark $400,000 of bond proceeds for small, local businesses, and contractors were allowed to use 10 of their own employees before hiring locally, General Counsel Jackie Minor said.

The new PLA increases the “carve-out”  — bond money the school district can direct to small, local businesses —  to $22.25 million. Another change is that contractors can only bring five of employees before hiring Oakland residents, Minor said.

It passed unanimously. “It was long overdue,” said OUSD School Board Member Noel Gallo.

Note: This is separate from the district’s local vendor policy.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.