Oakland Teachers Strike Ends With New Four-Year Agreement
Oakland Unified educators returned to classrooms Monday after a seven-day strike, thanks to a “historic” agreement reached between school and labor officials. Under the new four-year contract, teachers will receive raises of 11% — just below their initial 12% demand —plus bonuses of 3%. Each 1% pay increase for teachers wil cost $1.9 million, according to EdSource.
In addition to the pay boost, school district officials agreed to a five-year moratorium on school closures, class size reductions, and lighter caseloads for counselors. The school board will also discuss support for a statewide moratorium on new charter schools.
Board president Aimee Eng said the new contract “strikes a balance with the fiscal sustainability we need.” The teachers union described the agreement as “a win in every major proposal,” but not all of its members agree. 42% of teachers voted against the contract and a number of picketers called for the strike to continue until more of their demands were satisfied.
Oakland Unified Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell acknowledged that some union members are dissapointed with the terms, but said she hopes the outcome shows teachers “how appreciated they are.” Now is the time for healing and renewed trust, she added.