Members of the Alameda Labor Council, the San Francisco Labor Council, SEIU 1021, Fight for $15 and other labor organizations came together in Oakland on Monday for a Labor Day of Action.
The Oakland event was part of a nationwide demonstration to honor the union labor movement and to push for all workers to be paid a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour.
While California is already raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023, the groups that gathered in Oakland were there to show support for the nationwide $15 campaign and to raise awareness of worker problems in the city.
Participants in the Oakland event began their day protesting outside at McDonald’s at 14th and Jackson streets to highlight the concerns of fast food workers not currently making $15 an hour. Participants then marched through Oakland to Frank Ogawa Plaza, where a rally took place.
Jason Gumataotao of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 595 told the crowd gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza that when, “labor stands together, labor wins. When labor wins, everyone does better.”
Gumataotao said that while construction is booming in Oakland, it’s more important than ever that real estate developers be held to high labor standards. He warned that if the developers of some of Oakland’s largest projects, like SunCal, get their way in not using union labor on their projects, it could set a negative precedent that future developers will want to follow.
Check out pictures of the Labor Day of Action below.
(Unions members protest outside McDonald’s. Photo courtesy of Christal Padilla de Luna of SEIU. Photo taken by Brooke Anderson.)
(Labor Day of Action participants march through Oakland. Photo courtesy of Christal Padilla de Luna of SEIU. Photo taken by Brooke Anderson.)
(Jason Gumataotao of IBEW 595 speaks at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Photo courtesy of Allison Lasser.)