What is collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining – a mutual exchange of positions followed by agreement – enables Oakland educators to negotiate a binding written contract with our employer. This gives us a voice in our workplace and ensures all of us are treated fairly. Our contract helps guarantee that schools are safe and that our students can receive the individual attention they deserve.


What is tenure?

After at least two years of careful observation by their principal, highly qualified teachers in California can obtain due process rights known as “tenure.” Due process means teachers are treated fairly during any disciplinary process. This empowers us to advocate for our students without fear of retaliation.


How much are teachers paid in Oakland?

We are always working to keep up with the cost of living in Oakland. Current salaries are available on this website. Our teachers working at least 75% of full-time also receive excellent health benefits. Our uniform salary schedule ensures that all educators are paid fairly without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation or other protected status.


Do “good” teachers need a union?

Oakland educators work collectively to improve learning and teaching conditions for everyone. That includes holding the school board accountable to carefully use taxpayer money on student achievement, not bloated contracts with outside vendors. Our work touches every educator and we need every educator’s support to be effective.


What if my rights are violated?

Being in a union means that you’re never alone when there’s a problem. OEA Site Representatives at every school and department can help you when your contractual rights are violated. Union members can also receive free legal assistance in especially serious cases.