Labor

A crowd of CNA members, activists and legislators gather to discuss Sutter Health’s plan to close its Alta Bates Campus in Berkeley.

Nurses hold town hall to oppose closure of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley

Sutter Health, which runs the campus as part of its Alta Bates Summit Medical Center based in Oakland, announced last October that it intends to close the campus between 2018 and 2030 and consolidate all...
Burma Superstar full of customs late at night.

Employees file lawsuit against popular Bay Area restaurant

About 100 current and former employees of the popular Bay Area restaurant chain Burma Superstar have filed a lawsuit claiming pay and benefit violations. The workers claim that Burma Superstar—in its three restaurants in San...
Marty Frates, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 70, is supportive of Hillary Clinton, but wishes she would adopt some of Bernie Sanders' positions.

Labor Day picnic celebrates working person, attendees talk politics

Union members from Oakland and surrounding cities came to Alameda Point Park on Monday to enjoy some free hot dogs and to celebrate their solidarity at the annual East Bay Labor Day picnic. Political activity...
The first all-women's Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship cohort pose with their certificates on the day of their graduation. Photo courtesy of Rising Sun Energy Center.

Women Build graduates its first all-female class in the construction trades

The majority of people in the room seemed to be women, and many wore proud smiles on their faces. They were attending the graduation ceremony of the first all-female Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship...
Women Build

Building the future for women in trades

The Bay Area's first and only all-women construction and solar training program was launched last week in Berkeley. Women Build was launched in response to the low participation of women in the construction trades.
Uli Elser's homemade pretzels. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food?

This startup's goal is to ensure the future of home-cooking, connecting local chefs to a hungry community.
deli

Historic deli faces closure from increased rent

The Genova Delicatessen, located at 5095 Telegraph Avenue, has been part of the famous Temescal Plaza since 1926. When it first opened it sold mostly just pastas and sauces but in the late 1960s the...
Oakland's Genova Deli

Rent hike spells possible end for Genova Deli

90 - year old Genova Deli Oakland could close its doors for the last time due to rent disputes with its landlord.
Oakland's holiday tree at Jack London Square. Photo by Peter Bittner.

Oakland North’s 2015 year in review — our top stories

2015 brought another group of student reporters to Oakland North, and they covered the daily news of a changing city: The rising cost of rent and concerns about gentrification, the debate over raising the minimum wage,...
Fast food workers, union representatives and their allies converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza yesterday afternoon to call for a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Photo by Teresa Cotsirilos.

Oakland workers continue the “Fight for $15”

Hundreds of fast food and other low-wage workers gathered outside Oakland City Hall Tuesday evening demanding a higher minimum wage of $15 per hour. The demonstrations were part of a wider national campaign, Fight For...
Blüm is one of Oakland's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the eight, Magnolia Wellness is the only one that is unionized.

Will unionizing the cannabis industry bud in Oakland?

Since 2010, the Bay Area’s cannabis industry has been unionizing, in almost every case by the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW.