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Oakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout
by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
Thursday Feb 28th, 2019 12:27 AM
The issues which teachers confront across the United States are shared ones.
Hundreds of teachers, parents and students on Wednesday afternoon shut down an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting!
Teachers from San Francisco and Berkeley are initiating a wildcat sickout in support of Oakland teachers!
Two of the largest school districts in Kentucky will close as a result of over 40 percent of their teachers reporting sick!
Teachers in Oakland have formed a rank-and-file strike committee to take their struggle out of the control of the unions and into their own hands!

Oakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout

By Joseph Santolan at the World Socialist Website

28 February 2019

As teachers in Oakland California begin their sixth day on strike, the wave of teachers struggles, begun in West Virginia a year ago, continues to expand across the United States.

A rally of hundreds of teachers, parents and students on Wednesday afternoon shut down an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting, which had been scheduled to discuss implementing $20.2 million in cuts to the 2019–2020 school budget. Despite the rain, the assembled parents and teachers held their ground for the afternoon, shutting down the meeting and preventing the intended budget cuts from being implemented.

Today, a group of teachers from San Francisco and Berkeley are initiating a wildcat sickout in support of Oakland teachers and will be joining them on the picket lines. They have organized themselves independently of the unions, which have refused to organize broader action in support of the Oakland teachers.

One of the organizers of the sickout, Lizzie, told the WSWS, “The reason I’m going out there is to show that their fight is our fight, to build this larger movement and to show teachers that it’s not just about the students in your classroom or your school, or even your district. All students everywhere are facing horrible learning conditions, and those are the same as our working conditions. That absolutely needs to change and quickly.

“It’s a funding problem and a capitalist problem… I think it can be easy to get stuck in the status quo and see it as a huge fight without a possibility for real change, but even sixty teachers can make a difference.”

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