Thursday, December 11, 2014

OEA Bargaining Update - November 17, 2014

OEA Bargaining Update

November 17, 2014

On Monday, November 17, 2014, the OEA and OUSD bargaining teams met. Your OEA team presented OUSD with counter proposals in response to the package of proposals received on 11/06/14. Where the District moved towards our positions, we responded with counter proposals.  Where they did not move, we did not move. 

This is how the collective bargaining process works:

Your OEA Bargaining Team reached out to members to learn what supports/conditions were needed to improve student social-emotional and academic outcomes, the members' professional development needs, and what will attract and retain career educators in Oakland. We crafted our Sunshine (initial) Proposal with your feedback as a guide.  While our proposals are not an exhaustive list of changes that should be made to current contract language, we felt that we were communicating many changes that would improve teaching and learning in Oakland schools. We also kept in mind that all components of our initial proposal may not be won because of financial and legislative constraints.

Through your efforts and those of our supporters in the community, the district has agreed to accelerate class size reduction in grades TK-3, improved its salary offer (which still not fully adequate), and actually put money behind their proposal to increase the work day for teachers minimum days, which represents a significant improvement to where they were six months ago.

The district will have received over $50Mil in unrestricted monies over the course of 2013-2016. While we think there are still more financial resources than they have put on the table, we must keep in mind that there is still not enough to cover the costs of everything we have asked them to do.  However, with your continued support, we can win further gains for Oakland's students and schools.

Please follow the link below to read a summary of OEA's and OUSD's most recent proposals. Your OEA Bargaining team's proposal is in bold.

Monday, December 8, 2014

A New Giving Project for the OEA - Unaccompanied Minors

A New Giving Project for the OEA - Unaccompanied Minors

This year, we are reaching out to welcome the over 200 unaccompanied immigrant youths now attending Oakland Public Schools. They face many challenges. We can help.

Please donate a $20.00 gift card from stores that have a variety of items to meet individual tastes and needs. (i.e. Safeway, Target, Walgreens)

If you'd like to donate a different amount, please give cash to your OEA Rep and OEA will use it to buy cards.

Toys and gift cards may be dropped off at the OEA office through Dec. 15.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OEA November 2014 Bargaining Update


On Thursday November 6th, 2014 the OEA and OUSD bargaining teams met. As promised, the OUSD team presented OEA with a comprehensive proposal intended to move parties closer to settlement. The OUSD team shared that they reflected what they heard as important to OEA members, assertively addressed what is important to the district, and considered the overall context of fiscal responsibility when creating these proposals.

Your OEA bargaining team acknowledges that these proposals represent significant movement on the part of the district. The organizing and mobilizing efforts of OEA members has been and will continue to be critical in impacting what is happening at the table. While seeing movement in compensation, movement away from extending the workday without a reflection in compensation, and a commitment to lower class sizes is encouraging, not addressing caseloads/class sizes in Programs for Exceptional Children nor counselor ratios ignores our attempt for more equitable conditions for students and members. The district's proposals regarding Assignment/Transfer/Vacancy/Consolidation Policy and school site flexibility foreshadows an on-going struggle over agreement on what is most impactful: supports and resources or perpetuating the "bad teacher" narrative.

Please follow the link below to read a summary of the district's most recent proposals.


Enroll Now! Disability Insurance No Check for Pre-existing Conditions!

Enroll Now! Disability InsuranceNo Check for Pre-existing Conditions!


How would you pay your bills if you were unable to work due to a disability?

CTA approved provider, The Standard, is conducting a campaign to sign up 220 OEA members before the end of the year.

This is excellent coverage at an excellent price for both new teachers (who might be or become pregnant or who do not have enough time invested in STRS to get retirement benefits) and veteran teachers (who are more likely to have pre-existing conditions that would prevent them from being approved in another plan as an individual).

If we get 220 members to sign up, everyone will be accepted into the program WITH NO PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS QUESTIONAIRRE.

OEA, as an organization, does not receive anything from Standard to promote this campaign. It is a valuable MEMBER BENEFIT that we urge all to learn about and consider.

Go to the Web Page to find out more.

Or read the flyer.