School district leadership applauded substantial raises for teachers but the board will need to make tough budget decisions or face insolvency.
The agreements regarding community schools, reparations for Black students, school closures, and student homelessness reflect a shift in what teachers unions are negotiating over.
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.
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.
The tentative contract agreement must still be ratified by OEA members and approved by the school board. Classes will resume Tuesday.
Oakland teachers remained on picket lines as the union pushed back against statements from the district about the cost of its “common good” demands.
OEA and the district are reporting some progress with negotiations, but haven’t indicated when the strike could end.
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.
OUSD says non-salary demands are holding up negotiations, while OEA claims the district is refusing to bargain.
Nearly 3,000 OUSD teachers, nurses, psychologists, and their supporters formed picket lines at schools, calling for better pay and working conditions.
The teachers union will be going on strike tomorrow. We answered some basic questions about the strike, and what it means for OUSD families.
Oakland Unified School District released its latest contract proposal on Tuesday, and said it remains committed to negotiations.
Families of students in special education classes also appealed to the OUSD board over changes that will force some of them to switch schools.
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 Oakland school board says cutbacks are necessary to afford raises, the teachers union disagrees, and some parents want more transparency.