Building a Worker-Centered, Racial Justice-Oriented Local Jobs Policy

WEDNESDAY 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Job Quality – Pavilion Room

Approximately 12% of all jobs in the East San Francisco Bay Area’s economy are in the rapidly growing Transportation, Distribution and Logistics sector, but the jobs often do not pay a living wage or go to local residents. Learn how a community/public/private collaboration in West Oakland successfully negotiated a landmark Good Jobs Agreement for redevelopment work at the former Oakland Army Base. They are now developing an apprenticeship-based training pathway to create a robust pipeline of workers, establishing a High Road Staffing Agency to coordinate hiring and planning to build on their success with other large local development projects.


  • Joyce Guy, Executive Director, West Oakland Job Resource Center (Moderator)
  • Julina Bonilla, Workforce Development Manager, Port of Oakland
  • John Brauer, Executive Director, California Labor Federation
  • Rob Hope, Initiative Officer, Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, San Francisco