Oakland teachers union leaders were in for a surprise this afternoon when they were told that it wouldn’t be necessary to schedule contract talks for next week, as expected.
OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint said the administration felt the fact-finding report wasn’t a good starting point for negotiations. “The fact-finding report acknowledged that we have an inability to pay, then asks for a significant financial contribution without indicating a revenue source, which is irresponsible and doesn’t provide the means to bridge the gap between the two parties,” he said.
He said the recommendations would cost about $5 million.
“Really, from a public relations standpoint, it would have been easier to go back to the table and continue the charade of bargaining,” Flint said. “We took a decision that’s likely to be unpopular from a perception standpoint, but ultimately will be more productive.”
Betty Olson-Jones said she was stunned. I wrote a story about this development, which will be in tomorrow’s paper.