***PSA is aware of the current labor dispute and strike by workers at the Oakland Marriott and many other Marriotts across the United States. One of the reasons PSA has chosen to locate its conference at the Oakland Marriott is because their service workers are represented by Unite Here, the national union for hotel workers. PSA is dismayed by the current labor dispute, and asks the Marriott corporation to immediately offer a contract to workers that includes a living wage and working conditions that support worker health and well-being. PSA policy is not to cross picket lines and not to do business with hotels where there is an active labor dispute. PSA will continue to monitor this situation. You can find more information on the situation here: https://www.marriotttravelalert.org/***
This article clearly details the strike: https://skift.com/2018/10/16/how-big-a-problem-are-the-growing-worker-strikes-for-marriott/
The Marriott Oakland Downtown/City Center is located in downtown Oakland, adjacent to the exit from the 12th Street BART station.
Rooms at the special PSA rate are $169 for a one king bed room or two double bed room, +tax.
Make your reservations at https://book.passkey.com/event/49674028/owner/17821/home
Note: the hotel will charge for any late cancellations (within 3 days prior to the start of the stay) and early departures.
You can find more information about the hotel here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakdt-oakland-marriott-city-center/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
All rooms at the PSA rate must be booked by March 6, 2019–but they are likely to sell out a month or more before then.
Parking at the conference hotel is pretty expensive, but PSA attendees can get a 25% discount; pick up your discount ticket at the PSA registration area.
Looking for uniquely Oakland things to do? How about these:
Go on a walking tour of the birthplace of the Black Panthers, North Oakland–and learn about how this history resonates today. Watch a preview, and download the walking tour app here: https://www.detour.com/san-francisco/blackpanthers
Visit the bustling and historic Swan’s Market, just a few blocks from the conference hotel, and mix and match eating from 10 different restaurants that share the street-level space. Other parts of the building are home to nonprofits, small businesses, artsy spaces, and also housing for both low-income folks and those who can pay ‘market’ rates. More information: http://swansmarket.com/about/
Check out The Hive–a 10 block walk up Broadway from the conference hotel. The Hive is a living, working, eating, and meeting place, and includes The Impact HUB (co-working, art gallery, and event space, which “supports a community of entrepreneurs, B-Corps and conscious businesses working at the intersection of art, technology and enterprise”. Have a sip at Drake’s Brewing or Red Bay Coffee, or get some food at one of the restaurants, bakery, or ice cream shop. More information: http://hiveoakland.com/