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7 20-0369 Subject: Hospitality Worker Right To Recall Ordinance From: Councilmember Thao, President Pro Tem Kalb & Councilmember Gallo Recommendation: Adopt A Ordinance (1) Establishing A Travel And Hospitality Worker Right To Recall; (2) Amending Chapter 2.44 Of The Oakland Municipal Code To Include Enforcement Of Right To Recall As Part Of The Duties Of The Department Of Workplace And Employment Standards

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    Bruce Leininger over 3 years ago

    My name is Bruce Leininger. I live in Oakland. I strongly support the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. Workers in our community need your help. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don't know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope and make sure that they aren't left behind in the economic recovery. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's only fair that workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business should have the first chance at coming back to work. Please vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance today!

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    Yadira Torrecilla over 3 years ago

    My name is Yanira Torrecilla and i am an Oakland Hospitality worker. . I strongly support the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. Workers in our community need your help. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope and make sure that they aren't left behind in the economic recovery. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's only fair that workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business should have the first chance at coming back to work. Please vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance today!

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    Embely Juarez over 3 years ago

    My name is Embely Juarez I live in East Oakland for 7 years, I’m writing in support of the proposed right to Recall ordinance. I have worked at Hyatt house Hotel Emeryville for 2 years. Because of the coronavirus The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's especially important for workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Workers need your help. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Shamsuddin Haqiq over 3 years ago

    My name is Shams Haqiq. I work at the Oakland Airport Hilton and I support the Right to Recall ordinance. I am a waiter and I have been laid off, and I’m not sure if I will still have my job after this pandemic. I believe that workers that have been laid off should get the chance to go back to their old jobs if they find it necessary. The old workers should be asked if they still want to continue working before companies hire new employees. Everyone please support the Right to Recall Ordinance!

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    Hanna Morris over 3 years ago

    My name is Hanna Morris. I work in Oakland in District 2. I strongly support the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. Workers in our community need your help. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope and make sure that they aren't left behind in the economic recovery. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's only fair that workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business should have the first chance at coming back to work. Please vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance today!

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    Roxanne Burch over 3 years ago

    My name is Roxanne Burch and I’m an Oakland hospitality worker. PLEASE VOTE YES ON THE RIGHT TO RECALL ORDINANCE!!! We need our jobs!

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    maricela gutierrez over 3 years ago

    My name is Maricela. I live in Oakland - Bushrod neighborhood near Alcatraz and Shattuck. I strongly support the proposed Right to Recall ordinance and urge you to support it as well! Workers in our community need your help. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope and make sure that they aren't left behind in the economic recovery. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's a basic right. It's only fair that workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business should have the first chance at coming back to work. Vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance today!

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    Alyssa Glass over 3 years ago

    My name is Alyssa Glass. I work in Oakland. I'm writing in support of the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. Workers in our community need your help. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's especially important for workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Samuel Barron over 3 years ago

    My name is Samuel and I live in the Fruitvale district 5 and I support the Right to Recall ordinance. A majority of the workers who make Oakland run for both tourists and locals are now laid off without any guarantee that they can come back to the jobs they have worked. I am worried because I know a lot of workers who have seen how their boss has used the pandemic as an opportunity to get rid of outspoken workers and put more money in the owners' pockets. If it is surprising to you how common it is for Oakland businesses to violate labor laws and silence workers who speak out, I really hope you improve your community and worker outreach because it is the norm rather than the exception. These essential workers should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees.

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    Ursula MachadoBeito over 3 years ago

    My name is Ursula. I live in District 6. I'm writing in support of the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. I have worked at the Claremont Hotel for 7 years. Because of the coronavirus, I have been laid off for three months. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's especially important for workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Workers need your help. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Sanjay Garla over 3 years ago

    My name is Sanjay Garla and I reside in Oakland Chinatown - District 2 and I support the Right to Recall ordinance. So many workers are out of work and many good employers are committing to do everything they can to support laid off workers. However many employers are using this pandemic to get rid of older, disabled workers, or workers who are standing up against wage theft or to exercise their union rights on the job. This legislation is easy to comply with and ensures that COVID 19 isn't used as an excuse to take advantage of workers.

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    Martha OckenfelsMartinez over 3 years ago

    I am writing as both a resident and on behalf of our public health organization, Human Impact Partners - please vote Yes on the proposed Right to Recall ordinance today, agenda item 7 on the July 14th agenda. The economic insecurity workers are experiencing right now has huge public health implications - please vote Yes so workers have stability and access to economic security. This is a public health issue and it's extremely important for our city. Please vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance without delay or further amendments.
    - Martha Ockenfels-Martinez

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    Edgard Escalante over 3 years ago

    My name is Edgard Esc. I live in Contra Costa . I'm writing in support of the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. I have worked at Claremont hotel & spa for 18 years. Because of the coronavirus, I have been laid off for three months. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's especially important for workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Workers need your help. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Ankush Ganapathy over 3 years ago

    My name is Ankush and I live Uptown in District 3 and I support the Right to Recall ordinance. A majority of the workers who make Oakland run for both tourists and locals are now laid off without any guarantee that they can come back to the jobs they have worked. I am worried because I know a lot of workers who have seen how their boss has used the pandemic as an opportunity to get rid of outspoken workers and put more money in the owners' pockets. If it is surprising to you how common it is for Oakland businesses to violate labor laws and silence workers who speak out, I really hope you improve your community and worker outreach because it is the norm rather than the exception. These essential workers should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees.

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    Robert Layman over 3 years ago

    My name is Robert Layman. I live in the Temescal neighborhood in Oakland. I am writing in support of the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. I have worked at the Claremont Hotel for over 22 years. I have been laid off for 3and1/2 months because of the coronavirus. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off and many don't know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It is especially important for workers who have dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Workers need your help. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Jesus A over 3 years ago

    My name is Jesus a hotel worker with over a decade working on the Hegenberger strip here in Oakland. The success of the tourist industry comes from us workers and we deserve to get our jobs back when its safe. I ask the city council to vote YES on the right to recall law today.

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    Justin Blea over 3 years ago

    My name is Justin Blea. I'm writing in support of the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. I have worked at the Oakland Airport for one year. Because of the coronavirus, I have been laid off for three months. The majority of hotel and food service workers are laid off, and many don’t know if they will have a job to go back to. Workers need the City Council to act now to give them some hope. Workers who have been laid off due to the Covid pandemic should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's especially important for workers who've dedicated more time to working for a business to have the first chance at coming back to work. Workers need your help. Please support the Right to Recall Ordinance and pass it without delay!

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    Mich Levy over 3 years ago

    Mich Levy, resident of District 5: Laying off employees in the first place has caused so much unnecessary harm, and Right to Recall just makes basic sense. Once again, this public health crisis serves as a reminder that what is good for individual Oakland residents is good for Oakland.

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    Marla Wilson over 3 years ago

    As a D2 resident and homeowner, I strongly support the proposed Right to Recall ordinance. Workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19 should have the opportunity to get their old jobs back before companies start hiring new employees. It's only fair. Please vote yes on the Right to Recall Ordinance!

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    Adam Barr over 3 years ago

    I'm Adam Barr and I'm a bartender and community organizer who lives in Eastmont, District 6. I trust you as my representatives to support this Right to Recall ordinance strongly, as I do, because I know that you value the families and the livelihoods of my hospitality colleagues. Imagine, for a moment, that these protections were not in place during re-opening. Who would be re-hired? The youngest among us. The un-injured. Those who don't speak up about OSHA standards, missed breaks, or unpaid overtime. What happens to my line-cook co-worker Samuel who threw his back out 4 years ago lifting huge pots of hot stock off a low stove in a cramped kitchen? What happens to the single parents on my team who can't work nights because their kids need them? What happens to Selma who has insisted that we staff an extra server every busy shift so that it's actually possible for everyone to take their legally-guaranteed 30-min break? I know the answer: they don't get re-hired. Our teams are going to shrink. Some of us are going to lose work. I trust you so I know you won't let multimillion-dollar firms appease their shareholders by cherry-picking the most profitable among us. Because you know that we are people, not "labor cost"-- we are not a line item. An industry robbed of its Samuels, of its single parents, of those who speak up for all of us, would be unthinkable. So I know that you will support these Right to Recall protections, as I do-- as we do.