Why OEA isn’t the only teachers union asking for more than a raise

Written by on May 26, 2023

Over the last four years, Oakland teachers have gone on strike three times. The reasons have mostly been what one would expect: low pay, large class sizes, and allegations of unfair labor practices at the school district. But this year, a different set of issues emerged as a major sticking point in the negotiations between the district and striking educators: a list of measures not directly tied to working conditions, but addressing “common good” issues like student homelessness, transportation, and shared leadership of community schools. 

As the strike went on for more than a week, some parents . . .

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