Oakland teachers reach agreement, ratify new contract

After a seven-day strike that demonstrated the power of teachers, students, and the community, the Oakland Education Association reached agreement and ratified a new contract.

The agreement provides major gains in every key area, and “lays a solid foundation for the challenging fight ahead to ensure that all Oakland kids have access to fully-funded, well-resourced public schools in their neighborhood with great educators and support staff that can afford to stick around,” the OEA website states.

CFA activists from all over Northern California joined with Oakland teachers on picket lines at schools in a show of solidarity during their strike. OEA reports that only three percent of Oakland Unified School District’s 37,000 students attended school during the strike.

The strong support for striking teachers sent a strong message to the district—corporate billionaires won’t determine the educational rights of children and working families.

“We are so proud of our K-12 Oakland colleagues – this is a win not just for the faculty but truly for their students and community too,” said Jennifer Eagan, CFA President and a Cal State East Bay Professor. “This strike demonstrated the power working families have when we work together.”