Port of Oakland Jobs Deal Should Be a Model for Amazon and Other Warehousing Corporations

If Amazon comes to the Bay Area, its profits should enrich everyone who contributes to the enterprise — including construction, service, and warehouse workers.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

If Amazon knows your address, then the warehousing and logistics industry touches your life. Online retail has transformed our economy, reducing the need for brick-and-mortar storefronts by providing the convenience of delivery-at-your-doorstep. 
Like many cities across the country, Oakland, Concord, Richmond, Fremont, and San Francisco recently submitted a joint proposal for Amazon to build its second headquarters in the Bay Area. The competition has been like an Olympic bid on steroids, and now we wait to see who will win.
Amazon could bring upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 jobs to the region. Should we secure the contract, we must begin a community-driven development process that ensures these are good jobs that allow low-income people of color to afford housing in our communities.  Read More