About 3,000 teachers in Oakland, California, are striking over pay, class sizes and other problems, following teacher walkouts in West Virginia, Los Angeles and Denver. The Oakland strike impacts 36,000 students at 86 schools. (Feb. 21)

The Oakland Unified School District and a union representing striking teachers have come to a tentative contract after a week-long teacher strike in California.

The deal — an “historic no-concessions agreement,” according to the union — comes after more than 3,000 teachers and personnel walked off the task on Feb. 21. The union reports that 95 percent of our members were on the picket line and 97 percent of trainees were out of school during the strike.

“When we strike, we win,” the Oakland Education Association‏ posted to Twitter ahead of a Friday night press conference.

The new contract would offer teachers a raise of 14 percent, Oakland Unified School District revealed Friday. That’s split into an an 11 percent on-going wage boost and a one-time 3 percent perk for teachers.

“Today marks a sea change for OUSD as we take a significant action in support of our instructors and trainees,” the release prices quote Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell as saying. “Our teachers are the core of everything we do as a school district, and we are delighted to have reached a tentative agreement that reveals them how important they are.”

The contract likewise consists of a reduction in class sizes and an increase in trainee assistance functions — including counselors, psychologists and speech pathologists — OEA revealed. 

The tentative agreement will be subject to conversation and a member ratification vote, the union stated. There will also be a 24- hour evaluation period.

Oakland educators have worked without a agreement since mid-2017. The instructors are the third group of public school teachers from one of the nation’s 50 biggest cities to strike this year after their Los Angeles and Denver counterparts. Chicago also had a charter school teachers’ strike.

Contributing: Jorge L. Ortiz and John Bacon


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