Last night, hundreds of community members turned out to tell our elected officials and the army base developers to deliver on their promise of good jobs for the local families that need them most.
And we won big.
The good jobs package passed by City Council last night is unprecedented in Oakland for a development of this kind.
The jobs package includes a number of groundbreaking wins for Oakland and for the warehouse industry nationwide.
- A share of construction jobs will be for new people entering the trades, that all new apprentices will be from Oakland (in addition to 50% local hire), and that constructions job standards will be set in a project labor agreement.
- A living wage for every worker on the site and the nation's first jobs standards in the warehousing industry, limiting the use of temp agencies.
- Local hire for operations jobs for the first time in Oakland and a job center in West Oakland so our friends and neighbors know where to access to these jobs.
- We've advanced the movement to gain employment opportunities for members of our community who have criminal records.
- We’ve won a seat at the table for the long-term oversight and enforcement of these standards.
For more details on the jobs standards, click here.
This is just the beginning of a new phase for Oakland – an era in which we make the long-term promise of good jobs real. Now, we move from agreements on paper to real buildings staffed by Oakland workers. We will be here every step of the way with the city, developers, and community to realize our vision of opportunity and prosperity for all of Oakland.
Thank you. To everyone over the years who spoke, or showed up, or clicked “like,” and added your voice to our community’s cry for fair and good jobs in Oakland. We are Oakland. We stand together. We are strong.
EBASE, on behalf of the Revive Oakland Coalition
PS – To help us move forward with the next phase of this win, please consider making a gift to our new Victory Fund.
PPS – Check out the article in the Tribune about last night's victory!