The Port of Oakland and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 have reached a tentative contract agreement, signaling an end to the stalemate that has dragged on for more than a year.

Negotiating teams for the two sides reached a tentative agreement late this week. The contract will go to a vote of SEIU's members on Wednesday.

Members voted down the last contract presented more than a year ago by the SEIU bargaining committee. The workers, mostly janitorial, electrical and more than 200 other support staff at the Oakland International Airport and Oakland harbor, have been without a contract since then.

Port officials and SEIU were supposed to enter into a fact-finding period as a result of the impasse. Instead, a strike earlier in November and the intervention of Mayor Jean Quan helped push them back to the table.

Quan's newly appointed deputy mayor, outgoing California Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, facilitated the tentative agreement.



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