Oakland Teachers Union Called Off Strike; Regular School Resumes Tuesday

A canvas sign on a stick that says "strike for a fair contract"
A sign in front of an Oakland middle school during day two of the Oakland teachers strike. Photo by Momo Chang.

Early this morning, the Oakland Education Association called off the teachers strike, which has been going on for seven school days.

School will be open today, Monday, with regular school instruction fully back on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

The union and the school district have reached a tentative agreement on the contract, including a compensation package which would increase teacher pay, as well as the “common goods” bargaining points which some school board members previously refused to bargain on. On day three of the strike, OUSD school board president Mike Hutchinson along with the district held a virtual press conference stating his “disappointment” with the teachers union in calling a strike before they reached an impasse. He also emphasized that the common good proposals don’t belong in a teachers contract.

Now that the sides have reached a tentative agreement, OEA members need to vote on it.

After today, there will be eighth more days of school before summer is out.

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The author is a former OUSD teacher (2002-2004).

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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