August 31, 2017: Standing with my Labor Brother and Sisters

This Monday is Labor Day, and I am proud to support my union sisters and brothers as we march in solidarity with 300 other cities across the world for a livable wage, and to declare that America needs unions! 

In celebration of Labor Day, members of Bay Area unions and community organizations will come together on Monday in Oakland to take a stand for fair pay, fair schedules, healthcare and workplace equality. 

As a proud member of Teamsters Local 856, I stand in solidarity with the Oakland workers calling for union contracts for new development like SunCal’s Oak Knoll project in the Oakland Hills. This new development proposes 935 new market-rate homes, yet for the building, the developer will not agree to hire union workers, will not provide family-sustaining wages, apprenticeships and has proposed not a single affordable housing unit. 

When developers and corporations fail to pay livable wages, our local communities suffer. Good paying union jobs lead to increased local spending, workers are able to provide for their families well being and contribute to their college education.

California stands as an example as we passed statewide legislation in 2016 to raise our minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, and I am proud of my work to raise Richmond's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019! Now we march for workers across America. 

This Labor Day, join me in celebrating how far unions have brought our country and how much we stand to lose if the power of unions are threatened. 

In Solidarity, 

Jovanka Beckles