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Oakland Education Association members voted to ratify our contract
by OEA
Sunday Mar 3rd, 2019 9:08 PM
The votes are in: the contract has been ratified. Back to school Monday, March 4. The fight has just begun!
On Sunday, March 3, Oakland Education Association members voted to ratify our contract. With a turnout of over 70% of OEA members voting, the results were 64% YES for the 2017/18 contract term, and 58% for the 20/21 contract term. With gains in every key area, this contract lays a solid foundation for the challenging fight ahead to ensure that all Oakland kids have access to fully-funded, well-resourced public schools in their neighborhood with great educators and support staff that can afford to stick around.

The real victory of our historic strike for the schools our students deserve lies in the power and unity we built at our school sites, in our union, and in the city of Oakland. Tens of thousands of Oaklanders of all ages joined us on our picket lines and at our mass rallies and actions. 3% of OUSD’s 37,000 students attended school during the strike, a tremendous act of solidarity from our students and families. Our union has never been stronger — with 95% of our members honoring the strike and new leaders stepping up at all 86 of our Oakland public schools — and we are determined to keep fighting.

The city of Oakland has spoken. No longer will we allow a handful of billionaires determine the educational opportunities of Oakland kids. We will continue to organize with each other and fight until we have truly realized the schools our students deserve.


The Oakland Education Association is committed to improve wages, working conditions, and professional standards for all of our unit members. Our aim is to ensure effective teaching and learning in all classrooms in the City of Oakland.

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by contributer
Monday Mar 4th, 2019 2:21 AM
Joseph Santolan at the World Socialist Web Site is reporting:

After ballots were counted (out-of-view) teachers will get:

A de facto cut in real wages.

No change to overcrowded classes and chronic understaffing.

The district and the privatization forces behind it get a green light to impose deep budget cuts, close up to a third of the district’s schools and expand for-profit charter schools.

Specifically: "The union rammed through the contract just in time for the school board to convene Monday morning to carry out $30 million in budget cuts and implement AB1840, which will place the financial trustee, Chris Learned, under the authority of Alameda County Superintendent Karen Monroe. Learned will have the power to veto any school board measure deemed fiscally irresponsible, including the pay raise in the new contract."
I like my boss he's a good friend of mine,
That's why I am standing out in the bread line.
hualaluja I'm a bum
halueja bum again
Halaulaja give us a hand out to revive us again.

If ever I get all the money I've earned,
The boss will be broke and to work he must turn

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