After more than 15 years of being in San Leandro, Local 853 has returned to the union’s Oakland roots in a very big way.
“Our local has grown substantially over the last decade and we needed more space, not only for offices, but for meetings with members and employers,” says Secretary- Treasurer Rome Aloise. In addition, construction on the new Kaiser Hospital in San Leandro was causing major traffic disruptions. And, once the hospital was completed, offers from medical groups and others to buy our previous building were getting hard to ignore.
At 22,000 square feet, the new building is nearly twice the size of our old property. After a complete gutting and renovation, the building includes 21 business agent offices, multiple conference rooms, and a large meeting hall.
“Plus, we were able to create a mini-Labor Temple,” Aloise adds. “Our two tenants on the first floor, the Alameda County Central Labor Council and the Alameda County Building Trades Council bring the strength of Alameda County’s unions into our space.”
Building out the space to meet the Local’s specifications was a greater challenge than anyone anticipated. “In fact, the build-out was five months behind schedule. When we moved in February, there were no doors on the offices,” Aloise says. “Even now, there are still final details to complete, but we’ve got state-of-the-art facilities that should make our members proud, and should impress any employers who might want to take us on.”
The Local will hold an open house on Saturday, August 27. Watch for details.