In this Oakland Teacher’s Strike Update, The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) cancelled its board meeting set for tonight, and in the newsletter sent out, blamed the Oakland Education Association (OEA) for the decision. Here’s the text of that email transmission.
This evening’s OUSD Board Meeting and Special Meeting have been postponed to a future date. We apologize for the late notice.
The Board was scheduled to vote on budget reductions this evening. These reductions are needed to prioritize investing in a raise for our Oakland Education Association (OEA) members that will help students and teachers return to school as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the teachers’ union (OEA) prevented the meeting from happening by directing members to picket “until meeting cancelled.” We are disheartened by tactics that directly interfere with the District’s ability to give the teachers a raise, and get students and teachers back into classrooms.
Nevertheless, we will hold our board meeting at a later date. On Monday, February 25, 2019, we increased our offer to an 8% ongoing raise and a 2% bonus, for a total of 10%. Collectively, we could end this strike now. We look forward to receiving a new proposal from OEA and remain hopeful that we will reach an agreement soon.