Oakland teachers the next to strike?
The union representing teachers in Oakland says it will make an announcement Saturday about a potential strike, a day after a neutral fact-finding report was issued.
The Oakland teachers’ union could announce Saturday whether its 3,000 members will strike after negotiating and failing to reach agreement with the Oakland Unified School District for more than a year.
Teachers in the district say they are paid below their peers it the area, which has one of the highest cost-of-living rates in the nation. They are seeking a 12 percent raise over three years as well as smaller class sizes. The district has offered five percent and says it is squeezed by smaller budgets and declining enrollment.
A strike in the city of 400,000 across the bay from San Francisco would follow one by Denver teachers, who ended a three-day walkout after their union reached a tentative deal Thursday.
The strike in Colorado was the latest win in a national movement by teachers demanding better wages and classroom reforms. Teachers in the nation’s largest school district, Los Angeles, reached a deal following a six-day strike in January.
Meanwhile, the teachers’ union in Sacramento voted Thursday night to seek authorization from members for a strike there, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.
In Oakland, a fact-finding report from the Public Employment Relations Board was due Friday, with recommendations for compromise.
Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said in a message posted to the district’s website that she was “pleased with the recommendations” and hope to use the report to bring the union back to bargaining.
Union officials did not return calls from The Associated Press Friday. But Chaz Garcia, the union’s second vice president, told the San Francisco Chronicle that members are not waiting for another offer from the district based on the report.