Despite past local hiring laws, Oakland residents have long failed to find jobs, even at publicly funded construction projects, which notoriously have hired only 5 percent African American workers in journeymen positions. All that may start to change as the result of the new community benefits, local hire ordinance, passed unanimously by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night, designed to set hiring guidelines for construction at the old Army Base site, the largest piece of industrial land left in the city. The ordinance was crafted as a result of nine months of intense negotiations that included community groups, business organizations and labor unions. The new ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the city, is intended to have teeth and requires 50 percent local hiring in journeymen positions and 100 percent local hiring in apprentice positions.
Unique Army Base Development Policy Promises to Create Thousands of Jobs for Oakland Workers
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