On October 23, EBASE and its allies in the Revive Oakland coalition won an important victory for good community jobs and transit equity when the Directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) voted unanimously to adopt a Construction Careers Policy and Project Labor Agreement for a $178 million Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro. The Policy and Agreement ensure both good jobs and access to those jobs for disadvantaged workers, women, and racial minorities. They also create an advisory committee with community, labor, government, and contractor members to ensure strong oversight and implementation.
With this win, the coalition built on its groundbreaking victory last year with comprehensive Jobs Policies for the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base. There the coalition laid the foundations for effective community-serving workforce pipelines to real careers by establishing a Jobs Center that will act as a central point for job applicants throughout the East Bay. The AC Transit Policy creates a workforce fund that will help buttress this workforce system and fund effective pre-apprenticeship construction training programs for disadvantaged job seekers who will work on the BRT project.
The Policy and PLA are available here.