Below is the (copied and pasted) bulletin from the Oakland teachers union, based on today’s contract negotiations with district negotiators:
OEA Bargaining Update
District Gives OEA a “Package Proposal”—in the last 10 minutes of bargaining!
On June 3rd, the OEA Bargaining Team and our ECE Bargaining Consultants met to discuss Early Childhood Education issues with the District team. Ten minutes before the end of the last scheduled bargaining date this year, the District chose to hand us a 78-page “package proposal” containing all of their current proposals, asking us to reply to it as a package by June 11. The District has not changed any of its positions. The proposals still include a 3% pay cut, a possible cut in days of work that would cut pay even more, a health benefits cap that would cut pay on an annual basis, elimination of staffed elementary prep, changes for the worse in evaluation, removing seniority-based protection for consolidated and involuntarily transferred teachers, and much more.
The package proposal is clearly an attempt by the District to move toward declaring impasse in our negotiations. The OEA thinks that the attempt to declare impasse is premature. We are providing the District with a list of our proposals we have not yet had the opportunity to present, and of other areas where we intend to reply to their proposals. If the District is successful at getting a state mediator to declare our negotiations to be at impasse, mediation and fact-finding would normally follow, and would normally take at least several months—but these are not normal times. We will post any new developments over the summer on the OEA website, and through the Oakland Teachers list-serve.
The District’s current proposals (pay cuts, health care cap, no staffed prep, etc,) would be a disaster for the school district that would deeply compromise education for our students. We must make parents and community members aware of this!
•Call or write to our new superintendent and school board members expressing your concern. (phone, mail, and e-mail contacts are on the OUSD website)
•Arrange a house meeting through a supportive parent, a church or a community organization. (Call OEA to arrange a speaker and materials.)
•Pick up flyers at the OEA office and distribute them at community events.
Quality Public Education is a Civil Right!
OEA Bargaining Team: David de Leeuw (chair), Mark Airgood, Relena Ellis, Jack Gerson, Mary Loeser, Julie Palacios, Sonia Ramirez, Bob Mandel (for health care/HBIC), Nicole Love (OEA/CTA staff)