Alameda Labor Council

Labor Commends City Council Vote to Redevelop Oakland Army Base, Spur Local Job Growth

Alameda Labor Council
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20th, 2012

CONTACT: Josie Camacho, (510) 502-1454
 

Labor Commends City Council Vote to Redevelop Oakland Army Base, Spur Local Job Growth

(Oakland) – The Oakland City Council voted 7-0 (one abstention) last night to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Oakland Army Base, bringing thousands of quality construction and warehouse/operations jobs to Oakland’s hardest-hit communities.

“We commend the City Council for this landmark vote,” said Josie Camacho, executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council. “The redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base is a surefire way to kick-start job creation in the construction sector, while also creating a wealth of new jobs to maintain operations on the Base. And the vital labor standards that are guaranteed by last night’s vote will benefit all Oakland residents and communities.”

The redevelopment plan contains several key labor standards to ensure the project promotes sustained economic growth and quality employment opportunities around the Port of Oakland. The plan dictates that at least 50% of those employed on the job will be residents from neighborhoods most affected by the development. All workers on the project are guaranteed a living wage and will be protected by a project labor agreement. Additionally, the plan includes the development of a Jobs Center to provide Oakland residents with the training and skills needed for the new jobs at the Base.

“The Jobs Center, together with the local hire program and the project labor agreement, will provide union construction careers to many Oakland residents,” said Andreas Cluver, secretary-treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Before the Army Base closed, the Teamsters represented over 1,500 workers in the warehouses,” said Rome Aloise, president of Teamsters Joint Council 7. “We were promised that someday those good union jobs would come back to Oakland. Today we join Oakland to collect on that promise.”

“All eyes are on this decision, because this is such a greatly anticipated project in Oakland,” said Nicole Lee, executive director of the Urban Peace Movement, a youth leadership program in Oakland. “We’re talking about 4,000 jobs in total, and our goal has always been to make sure a great portion of those jobs and opportunities go to Oakland residents.”

“Today is a day to celebrate in Oakland,” Camacho said. “This victory is the result of years of hard work and dedication from a broad coalition of Oakland residents, labor, faith and community groups working together. We look forward to working with our partners, the Mayor and the Council to break ground on the redevelopment of the Base as soon as possible. And moving forward, we’re looking to the Port of Oakland to adopt these same policies.”
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