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.

Have You Registered For OEA Financial Workshops?

Mosher Financial Group is conducting a series of financial workshops, helping school employees retire well.

Workshops are free and everyone is welcome
Mosher Financial Group a preferred provider of the OEA
All workshops are from
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
at the OEA office 272 East 12th Street
(at 3rd Avenue)

To RSVP, or for more information:
Call (415) 681‐2000, email
info@mosherϐ, or
visit www.mosherϐ

Alameda Labor Council Food Bank

Go HERE for more information 
Go HERE to download the flyer

Food and Fund Drives

Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 1 in 5 county residents. Food & Fund Drives are a vital resource for our neighbors facing hunger.

Hosting a big red barrel (or two) in your office building, school, religious organization, etc. is the perfect way for co-workers, friends and family to be directly involved in the Food Bank’s mission. Sign up and get started now!

Or start a Virtual Food Drive and multiply your donation four-fold by doing our shopping for us.



The mother of three Sankofa students was murdered in a road rage incident. Perla Evelyn Aviña Anaya Lopez's funeral was last week. Many generous individuals have come forth to donate to the family. While the amount is heartwarming, we need to continue to support the family emotionally as well as financially. Please donate here.

In Memory of Pamela Reed

In Memory of Pamela Reed

Pam Reed, OUSD Counselor, recently passed away. In her memory, family and coworkers ask that you honor her work by donating to the Marcus Foster Scholarship Fund through OEA.

Details here.