Oakland 2017 Economic Reader

The City of Oakland has argued that even though Local 21 members have a strong case for a larger raise, they claim that they can’t afford to offer more.
The Oakland Economic Reader below was given to City Council members to read over the summer. The documents dive deep into the City of Oakland’s finances and disprove their position.

It includes 4 studies:

  • The Beacon Economics City of Oakland Revenue Forecast, which predicts a positive economic picture for Oakland over the next 5 years.
  • The Fairlie report on the State of the Economies in the Oakland Area, Greater Bay Area, and Alameda County, which examines the economic conditions in these areas and explores projections for the next few years.
  • The Local 21 City of Oakland Financial Analysis, which shows a pattern of underestimation of revenue and overestimation of expenses.
  • The Compensation Study commissioned by the City of Oakland, which finds that Local 21 members are underpaid by an average of almost 10% as compared with other Bay Area jurisdictions.

The data speaks for itself. This isn’t about  a lack of money. It's a lack of respect for us and our work.