At the core of EBASE’s mission is the creation of a sustainable economy with good jobs for ALL. EBASE is changing the expectation of work – particularly for low-wage jobs primarily held by people of color. We believe that all work is valuable, and everyone’s contributions are necessary to make our economy run smoothly. All working people should have dignity in the workplace and be paid enough to succeed and flourish.
- Higher Minimum Wages & Fair Scheduling: In recent years, EBASE led the coalitional effort for higher minimum wages and paid sick time in Oakland and Emeryville, contributing to the momentum for a $15/hour minimum wage which passed the California legislature. Last year, we helped pass the nation’s strongest scheduling policy in Emeryville. By preventing last-minute changes to work schedules, this policy allows workers to budget and plan for childcare, doctor visits, school, family time, and rest.
- “Ban the Box” and Fair Hiring Practices: In West Oakland, we convene the Revive Oakland Coalition, which passed a landmark Good Jobs Agreement on the City’s side of the Army Base redevelopment project. We are now working to win an even stronger agreement on the Port’s side of the land. In these agreements, we solidify living wages, local hire, disadvantaged hire, and “Ban the Box” policies. These ensure that local workers, particularly from low-income communities of color, have pathways into well-paying construction and warehousing jobs.
- Good Union Jobs in East Oakland: In the East Oakland Coliseum area, we convene the Oakland United Coalition to ensure that any new stadium deal for the A’s will include provisions for good union jobs. On the other side of the freeway, closer to the Airport, we are working with our partner UNITE HERE 2850 to ensure that hotel expansion also provides good union jobs that allow people to support their families.
- Good Union Jobs in Concord: In Contra Costa County, we will be working with our partners to ensure that good jobs are a centerpiece in the redevelopment of the Concord Naval Weapons Station.