Thousands of Jobs to be Created Under Billion Dollar Project

(Oakland, CA) – Teamsters Joint Council 7 applauded a nearly unanimous decision by the Oakland City Council to move forward with a plan to redevelop the Oakland Army Base. The one-billion dollar project will bring thousands of jobs into the East Bay area including more than 3,000 jobs that fall under the jurisdiction of the Teamsters Union.

The former Oakland Army Base, which employed nearly 1,500 Teamsters in the warehouses before it was closed, was approved for conversion and development late Tuesday. The base had previously served as a critical transfer point for goods and equipment for overseas military operations and has remained vacant since its closure in 1999.

The Oakland City Council approved the city’s largest development in decades by a 7-0 vote. This project will restructure the 366-acre base into a shipping, packaging and distribution facility, enhancing and enlarging the adjacent Port of Oakland.

The project will create roughly 6,000 construction, rail and warehousing jobs, over half of which will be under Teamster jurisdiction. The construction work will be covered by a Project Labor Agreement. The facility itself will create nearly warehousing 3,000 jobs that the Teamsters will work to turn into strong, union jobs. The union also secured a recognition agreement for the new rail yard covering almost 100 new jobs, along with recognition for the billboard posting and maintenance.

“This is not only a victory for our union, but for the entire community,” said Rome Aloise, President of Joint Council 7 and International Vice President. “We would like to thank everyone fought so hard for this project to become a reality. We look forward to taking the next step in bringing thousands of good jobs to the Oakland area.”

The Teamsters, as key partners in the Revive Oakland coalition, fought for and won concessions for the local Oakland community, including 50 percent local hire and pathways for people with criminal backgrounds to be hired. The Oakland Living Wage will apply to all jobs.

Additionally, the agreement includes a policy limiting the use of temporary agencies in the warehouses to 40 percent of annual work hours and a 120-day limit on temporary employment for individual employees.

“This victory was the result of years of work with the City of Oakland and our partners in labor and the community,” Aloise said. “I am proud that the Teamsters played a fundamental role in the ensuring that this important project was finally approved.”