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Oakland’s Support for Unemployed and Laid Off Workers Questioned

Long brewing concerns about whether Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration is attempting to undermine or terminate the use of federal funds to support job programs for the unemployed and underemployed came to a head at this [...]
Cypress Mandela Executive Director Art Shanks (left) and Executive Director Scott Leary of the Bay Area Builders Exchange are with with the trainees and instructors of Cypress Mandela Training Center, which offers pre-apprenticeship  training in Oakland.

Oakland Passes Policy for Equity on City Funded Building Projects City will require contractors to give fair share of jobs to African Americans and other minorities

In what may be one of the strongest equity policies in the nation, the Oakland City Council this week adopted a resolution requiring contractors to hire African Americans, women and Asian American workers, who will [...]
The city administrator's office donated work boots and supplies to four construction workers from Oakland in 2014 to help them in the process of qualifying for jobs at the Oakland Army Base. Left to right, Johnny Evans, Fernander Thompson, Otis Duckett, Jonothan Dumas, employment services supervisor of the the city´s Contract Compliance & Employment Services Division, and Jeffery Duckett.

Will City-funded Jobs Go to Oakland’s Black Residents? City Council will vote Tuesday on jobs policy that promotes equity

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to guarantee jobs for unemployed and underemployed African American and women workers who have long been left out of opportunities to work on city-funded construction projects.
Noni Session and Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Noni Session Faces Lynette McElhaney in District 3 Race

With nearly one month left before Oaklanders head to the voting booths, City Council candidates are ramping up their campaign efforts to reach undecided voters.   District 3 is seeing political newcomer Noni Session campaigning [...]
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]
Carroll Fife (left) and Jahmese Myres spoke Thursday at a community meeting to demand living wage jobs at
a new Port of Oakland warehouse development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Coalition Demands Port of Oakland Agree to Living Wage Warehouse Jobs Rally for jobs at Port Commission meeting Thursday at noon

A coalition of local organizations is pushing for the Port of Oakland to create living wage jobs for Oakland residents at a logistics center the port is getting ready to build.
Rev. Ken Chambers (left).

Faith Leaders Call on Legislators to Commit to Jobs, Justice and Human Rights Organizing meeting for Sacramento action scheduled for Wednesday in Oakland

Three Oakland pastors are taking the lead to bring together interfaith religious leaders to participate in coordinated faith community actions next month at statehouses across the country to revive the country’s moral commitment to jobs, [...]