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Amazon wants to bring low wage jobs, increased traffic, and spike in air pollution to Hayward.


Dear Hayward City Council Members,
On behalf of the 136,000 members of the Alameda Labor Council, I am writing to you about a serious concern for members of our community. It is no secret that Amazon is against allowing their workers to unionize. But that is not why I am writing to you.

As I hope you have read, there has been an unanticipated and insufficiently considered impact of mega-warehouses on the public health in Southern California. When we think of traffic associated with these mega-facilities, we tend to only think about Amazon’s delivery trucks. It turns out, that is only a small part of the air quality effects to cities that have led to the spike in asthma cases in proximate neighborhoods.

What we have learned from the Inland Empire is that the large heavy- duty trucks bringing goods into Amazon wait for hours in the queue with engines running to unload. They also will clog up the West Winton corridor that is already some of the worst traffic in Hayward. When you consider this plus the anticipated 2,000 + daily trips of trucks and vans, air quality impacts are staggering. The human damage far outweighs economic benefits.

Hayward is one of the last communities in the Bay Area offering both an affordable and excellent quality of life for a diverse population of working-class families. Please consider what the Amazon mega-warehouse will mean to those families in your city.

Please reject the Amazon proposal.

In Solidarity,



Elizabeth Ortega-Toro
Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Liz Ortega-Toro

From Our Secretary

“ I am proud to become the first Latina to lead the Alameda Labor Council.  But it means much more to my mother who brought me to this country without documents when I was three years old.

When you compare how two Republican Presidents treated children 40 years apart, you can see the danger our society now faces.

President Reagan didn’t put me in a cage.  He didn’t call my mother a criminal.  Rather, he made it possible for my family to gain legal status and follow the path to citizenship.  

I have tried to repay this country through my hard work on behalf of all working families…better health care, better paychecks, and more security at work.

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s assault on workers, this new job is both a privilege and a challenge.  I will honor the privilege and meet that challenge. “ 

Elizabeth Ortega-Toro
Executive Secretary-Treasurer