Oakland Army Base Community Benefits Agreement ensures local residents have access to jobs and skills development. As a part of the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base in the Port of Oakland, the Revive Oakland! Coalition, convened by East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, secured a set of good job policies that will ensure the $800 million investment will result in local and targeted hiring, living wage, stable employment, workforce development support, and community oversight and enforcement. Through a partnership with the City of Oakland and community groups, the agreement holds the Port of Oakland accountable for meeting equitable hiring practices that benefit local residents, prioritizing those who are unemployed, veterans, recipients of earned income tax credits, or formerly incarcerated. As of April 2019, 45 percent of all work hours have gone to Oakland residents and 65 percent of all apprentice hours have gone to Oakland residents who face barriers to employment. For many, access to these opportunities have opened doors to high-paying jobs elsewhere in the Bay Area. Learn more.
“ I’m doing way better now. I worked at Home Depot for years and wasn’t making half of what I’m making as a second year apprentice.”
The waitlist for carpenters’ apprenticeship programs is normally two-years long, but 37-year old Tyann Taylor was able to break into the trade within months after Working Partnerships’ Trades Orientation Program led her directly to a pre-apprenticeship. Tyann is now two years into an apprenticeship—and fully satisfied with her career choice.
Photo: Felix Uribe