The last two days were beautiful and powerful, and I want you to know that I am so proud of what we have built together in our fight for the schools Oakland students deserve. Your commitment to Oakland kids put thousands of teachers, parents and students on our picket lines each day, and thousands more in the streets! Your singing and dancing and chanting echoed throughout the Town, all over California, across the Country, and around the world!
Today, we returned to the bargaining table with the district in an effort to reach an agreement that would meet our goals of keeping teachers in Oakland by paying them a living wage, lowering class sizes, and increasing supports for students. Our proposal was the same on our three core issues, but also included a proposal to refund our gutted restorative justice program by defunding the OUSD police department; changed our demand for crediting extra duty time for site rep hours from 3 to 1.5; and simplified our proposal to support newcomers to 1 FTE per 25 newcomers.
At the end of a very long day, the district countered with a proposal that did not move off their previous proposal on wages, class sizes, or supports for students. We have agreed to resume bargaining on Sunday morning.
Take some time to rest this weekend, reconnect with your family and friends, eat some home-cooked food, and restore yourself for Monday. On Monday, we are expecting rain, so break out your rain boots and coats, and go get your picket signs laminated. Last month, the 50,000 members of UTLA walked picket lines in the rain, and their numbers never waivered. After all, we can still dance (and sing!) in the rain.
Make no mistake: WE ARE STRONG! WE ARE POWERFUL! and WE WILL WIN!
PS: Our bargaining team has asked me to pass along that while they were at the table today, your actions in the streets, and shared on our social media accounts, kept them strong. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.
OEA Proposal: #50 (My apologies that the incorrect link to this package was included earlier)