Roughly 75,000 Kaiser employees in 5 states took to the picket lines on Wednesday in what will be the largest health-care workers strike in U.S. history.
The teachers union and OUSD have been negotiating since October. This week’s vote by members clears a path for the union’s leadership to declare a strike.
The teachers union will be going on strike tomorrow. We answered some basic questions about the strike, and what it means for OUSD families.
75,000 Kaiser workers are pushing for better pay at facilities in 6 states.
California health care giant Kaiser Permanente could not reach a contract to avert a strike by a union coalition representing some 75,000 employees in five states. The walkout is expected to last three days.
Nearly 3,000 OUSD teachers, nurses, psychologists, and their supporters formed picket lines at schools, calling for better pay and working conditions.
OUSD says non-salary demands are holding up negotiations, while OEA claims the district is refusing to bargain.
The tentative contract agreement must still be ratified by OEA members and approved by the school board. Classes will resume Tuesday.
OEA and the district are reporting some progress with negotiations, but haven’t indicated when the strike could end.
Hundreds of SEIU members at the Oakland clinic were prepared to strike if an agreement wasn’t reached. The news comes as health care workers across the Bay Area are demanding better pay.
Oakland Unified School District released its latest contract proposal on Tuesday, and said it remains committed to negotiations.
Healthcare workers at LifeLong Medical Care are calling attention to working conditions at Oakland and Berkeley clinics.
Organizers said over 200 businesses were participating in Tuesday’s action, though some merchants and leaders of Oakland business districts said they were not aware of it.
Oakland’s superintendent urged the school board to act now to avoid another strike in 2025. Also: A special election will be held for the vacant D5 seat.
Oakland teachers remained on picket lines as the union pushed back against statements from the district about the cost of its “common good” demands.
The Oaklandside spoke with Moses Omolade and Andre San-Chez a year after the two Westlake Middle School educators stopped eating to protest school closures.
Families of students in special education classes also appealed to the OUSD board over changes that will force some of them to switch schools.
OUSD Board President Mike Hutchinson said some of the issues fall outside of the OEA contract. But three board members are calling on the district to bargain over them.
After long months in the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses say hospitals are short-staffed and under-resourced.
If the tentative agreement is approved, Oakland teachers could go from earning salaries near the bottom of those offered in Alameda County to the middle range.