Compared to this spring, when Oakland teachers held a one-day strike, there has been relative calm this fall on the labor front. Have you noticed it, too?
It seemed as if both sides were waiting. Would Oaklanders would come forth with an infusion of cash — about $17 million a year for OUSD employees until 2021 — to save the day?
Not this time. Not enough of them, anyway. As of this morning, the Measure L parcel tax had received 65.05 percent approval; it needed 66.67 percent to pass. There are only a few thousand more votes to count, said Guy Ashley, a spokesman for the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.
Troy Flint, the OUSD spokesman, said he expected contract negotiations to “begin in earnest again,” now that the election results are in. (Final tally at 4 p.m. today.)
“I think people were kind of in a holding pattern until the election so we could see what type of revenue we’d have, going forward,” Flint said.
Flint said the district would look for grants and other sources of funding to raise teacher salaries. (Those funds are more likely to come with more strings attached than a parcel tax.)
“We have to find a way, but this definitely hurts,” Flint said.