To think that in January 2008, the Oakland teacher union’s first contract proposal included 20 percent pay raises and class sizes of 15 to 20 students.
Union leaders say teachers are now being asked to take a 3 percent pay cut and that the district wants to cap its health benefit contributions.
This news did not go over well. Hundreds of teachers left their schools at 2 p.m. and marched from Lake Merritt to the district office, demanding a better contract.
Meanwhile adult school teachers — mostly represented by a different union, a local chapter of the AFT/CFT — protested the layoffs of 80 temporary teachers in response to dramatic reductions in state funding and new rules that allow school districts to dip into funds once designated for adult education.
Did I mention that it’s Day of the Teacher in California?