Oakland teachers preparing for potential strike

Oakland K-12 teachers are holding a strike authorization vote Jan. 29-Feb. 1 following actions and prep work that are building toward a potential strike.

Oakland Education Association members have been working without a contract since July 2017, and teachers there are demanding smaller class sizes and salary increases, which would help attract and retain faculty. The contract fight is for racial and educational justice.

It is a fight “for the heart and soul of public education,” OEA President Keith Brown said in a video on OEA’s Facebook page. “We are fighting for our students.”

CFA members throughout the Bay Area participated in OEA rallies and an Art Build this month, and faculty are encouraged to continue to support our Oakland colleagues, who were among our supporters when we were preparing to strike in 2016.

“CFA members can support our strike by sending member delegations to school sites, attending our city wide actions— there’s one on Feb 5 at the Oakland City Council—and donating to our member assistance fund. We are grateful for all the help our CFA family has given so far and sincerely appreciate your continued support,” said Kampala Taiz-Rancifer, an Oakland teacher and OEA’s Member Engagement Committee leader.

Click here to follow OEA on Facebook, and to learn more about their contract fight.