The Oakland Unified School District said on Sunday that it’s eager to come to an agreement with the teachers’ union and end the strike for good.
OUSD Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell said the district’s bargaining team has been on standby since Thursday and they want to meet the teachers’ demands, but the money isn’t there.
“We love and value our teachers. We want to give them everything they are asking for hower we cannot afford to do so,” Johnson-Trammell said. ” We are doing our best to work within current financial reality.”
The district said its top priority is working the Oakland Education Association (OEA) and getting teachers back in classrooms, but the teachers’ union is not willing to meet in the middle.
“OEA has not presented any substantial new proposals and negotiations,” the superintendent said.”…In fact, the OEA submitted the same package from May 2018 plus new provisions with increased financial impact essentially moving in the opposite direction,” the superintendent said.
The last time both sides met for a full day was on Friday. The district claims that OAE canceled bargaining session for Saturday and Sunday’s meeting was cut short.
The union vows that teachers will walk picket lines again on Monday.
The teachers are asking for a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the Bay Area.
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