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WETA APPROVES FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION OF BLUE & GOLD OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACT

May 11th 2016

The WETA Board of Directors has approved a five-year extension of the contract with Blue and Gold. Members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region operate the Blue and Gold ferries, maintenance, customer service and ticket sales operations. The new contract term begins after Dec. 31, 2016 and runs through the end of 2021.

“Customer feedback over the five years has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the professionalism of vessel crew members and customer service representatives,” WETA staff reported to the board in the course of its deliberations.

“WETA directors also praised Blue and Gold and our crews, and the vote was unanimous,” said Veronica Sanchez, who works closely with MM&P Representatives Ray Shipway and Sly Hunter to support our members at Blue and Gold and other Bay Area maritime employers.

“This is certainly a credit to the hard work of Ray and Sly in the contract negotiations with the company last year so they could present WETA with a financially viable extension,” she said.

“This is welcome recognition of the professionalism of our members who work for Blue and Gold,” said MM&P United Inland Group Vice President Mike Murray.