Labor

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has authored a bill to grant professional cheerleaders minimum wage and overtime compensation.

California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among...
Some of the departments with the most TPT workers include the Oakland Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Photo courtesy of Curtis Cronn via Flickr Creative Commons.

Lack of benefits and work continuity weighs heavily on temporary part-time city workers

For the last three years, Connor Crabb has been working as a recreation leader at Studio One, a city-run center in Oakland that offers afterschool and summer art classes to children. The 24-year-old Oakland native...
Demonstrators representing SEIU United Healthcare Workers chant at the "Fight for $15" rally on Sproul Plaza. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Hundreds of workers rally across the East Bay for the “Fight for $15”

Fast food and low-wage workers in Oakland, Richmond and Berkeley joined a workers’ strike dubbed “Fight for $15” on Wednesday, continuing a two-year-long campaign that calls on fast food chains to institute a $15 minimum...
Oakland Raider fans during Tuesday's meeting to express support for development around the coliseum to keep the football team in Oakland.

At special meeting, councilmembers discuss Coliseum plans, police body cameras, city workers

The Oakland City Council chambers were filled to capacity on Tuesday evening for a special meeting of the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency, which is responsible for creating and enacting urban redevelopment plans in Oakland. Some...
Student, parents, and teachers march to district headquarters in response to stalled contract negotiations. (photo by Candese Charles)

Nearly 500 teachers, parents and students march for higher salaries for teachers

Wearing bright shirts that say “Fighting for the Schools that Oakland Students Deserve” and holding supportive posters, nearly 500 parents, students, teachers and community members rallied at San Antonio Park on Tuesday before marching to...
Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels in Atchison Village, Richmond.

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...
Mustafa Ahadi bottles kombucha at the House Kombucha production facility in Fruitvale. Ahadi started working at House Kombucha after completing a food and beverage industry course at the Bread Project, a workforce development program based in Emeryville.

Bread Project offers fresh start for low-income residents

Mustafa Ahadi came to the United States as a refugee after working as a medical translator with the US Armed Forces in Kabul. "This is a good country to find the dreams," he says.
A view of Oakland Omni Commons space from above.

Omni Commons supporters work to build a free, open community workspace

Every corner in this building has something going on: La Commune, a collectively-run and worker-owned bookstore and café, is turning the entrance into a cozy place which will welcome visitors with a cup of something...
Mike Wang CCK instructor paddles near Jack London Square

Oakland North spotlight: California Canoe and Kayak

Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.
Highland Hospital in Oakland is currently undergoing retrofitting to meet seismic safety standards.

Hospitals in Oakland prepare for the next earthquake

Hospitals are conducting emergency drills and retrofitting buildings to withstand the next big shake.
Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
A photo of picketers with police in teh background.

For some port truckers, the new year brings new worries over work

For independent truckers at the Port of Oakland who have not yet complied with pollution regulations, the New Year may mean the loss of a job.
A terminal at the Port of Oakland

Pollution cuts at the port promise a breath of fresher air for West Oakland

In a boon for West Oakland residents, cancer-causing diesel pollution from the Port of Oakland's maritime operations has plunged 70 percent.
A photo of Century Buffet

Longtime Oakland businessman faces 12 felony labor charges

Servers at Century Buffet on International Boulevard were working twelve-hour days, six days a week, and being paid far below minimum wage, according to the Alameda County District Attorney.