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Oakland Needs Good Jobs; Can We Trust Uber to Provide Them?

We agree with our critics that Uber could be good for Oakland, but only if it chooses to act in partnership with Oakland’s residents and businesses. If it comes in like an invading force — which, to be honest, has been Uber’s business model as it expands its ride-hailing service into new territories — it will leave our city’s workers worse off, not better.

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Orson on UpFront

On today’s show, hosts discuss Uber’s upcoming move into the Sears building in Uptown Oakland. They talk with Orson Aguilar, president of the Greenlining Institute, which is part of “No Uber Oakland,” a coalition of multiple community groups working to stop the move.

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Uber’s First Diversity Report Reveals No Surprises

Uber released its first diversity report on Tuesday showing that 36 percent of its global employees are women. That number shrinks, however, within tech and leadership roles. Women hold 15 percent of tech and 22 percent of leadership positions at Uber. The numbers at Google, Apple and Facebook are slightly better, but not much.

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Uber Slows Move into Oakland Headquarters

Orson Aguilar, president of the Greenlining Institute — the Oakland nonprofit that has pushed for Uber to provide community benefits with its new headquarters, such as local hiring and a guaranteed living wage — said it appeared that Uber was “retreating” from the city.

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Uber to Oakland: We want local workers

Uber has a message for Oakland: It wants to be a good neighbor. The ride-hailing company is 18 months away from moving into its East Bay headquarters in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, but it is reaching out to locals about jobs and business opportunities at the site.

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Uber Is Moving. Its New Neighbors Are a Little Worried

Nearly two dozen activist organizations have banded together to urge Uber to act as a responsible corporate citizen before moving its headquarters across the

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Uber Agrees to Meet Oakland Local Leaders After Community Pressure

After weeks of pressure from Oakland nonprofits and community organizations, Uber has agreed to set up a meeting with a small group of local leaders to discuss the possibility of providing community benefits to Oakland as the tech giant prepares to make the city its world headquarters.

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Open Letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, he said, “Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can be automated. As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise. Companies have less loyalty to their communities. And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top.”