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Chevron Refinery Inks Project Labor Agreement for Renovations, SF Water Authority Does the Same

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Modernization of Chevron U.S.A.’s refinery in Richmond, CA will be done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA).  The project will update and replace older equipment with new technology helping the facility reach “zero net” greenhouse emissions. It is the state’s goal to have all commercial buildings meet this requirement by 2030.  

The renovation will lower emissions in Richmond and drive economic growth.  The PLA will grow the building trades workforce through the inclusion of an apprenticeship requirement. Greg Feere, Chief Executive Officer of the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council, explains the PLA’s benefits:

“This is a fantastic next step for local Building Trades men and women and our community because the Refinery’s Modernization Project will generate union jobs that our workforce badly needs.  Our members are anxious to get to work on this project, and we look forward to partnering with the Richmond Refinery to help it modernize its facility so that it can continue to serve as a major economic engine and jobs creator for Richmond and the region. With this agreement in place we will also be promoting local jobs, apprenticeship opportunities and the Helmet to Hardhats Program.”

Kory Judd, General Manager of the Richmond Refinery, also weighed in on the PLA and praised labor’s contribution:

“The Modernization Project will create a newer, cleaner and safer refinery that is better for the community.  We look forward to partnering with labor to move the project forward in an open and transparent permitting process.”

The city must now complete an environmental impact survey which is expected in early 2014 with final approval likely to come in late 2014.  

Across the bay, a new $22 million project on the waterfront of Mare Island will also be completed under a PLA.  The Water Emergency Transportation Authority in San Francisco apporved the agreeement with the Napa-Solano Building & Construction Trades Council.  The project will bring a public promenade, ferry boat passenger service and gasoline storage to the island.  WETA board member Tony Intintoli said the board approved the agreement to promote efficiency on the project. “We’re looking forward to getting this project going and moving it ahead for the benefit of the people of Vallejo,” he said.

The PLA was approved over the objection of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) who wanted approval delayed so they could lobby for lower apprenticeship standards.  After a period of review the board came back and approved the PLA.  Construction is expected to begin later this year.


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