Oakland teachers vote to approve contract with OUSD ending strike

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Oakland teachers voted Sunday to ratify their contract deal with the Oakland Unified School ending the seven-day strike.

Educators cast their votes at the Paramount Theather in Oakland.

According to the Oakland Education Association, 70-percent of union members voted and 64-percent of them voted YES for the 2017-2018 contract term and 58-percent voted YES for the 2020-2021 term. 

The 3,000 teachers walked off the job Feb. 21, effectively shutting the city’s 86 schools to demand higher pay, smaller classes and more school resources. They were the latest educators in the U.S. to strike over pay and classroom conditions.

After a week of marathon negotiations with the school district, the union announced Friday the teachers won everything they demanded.

The new contract provides a total compensation increase of 14 percent to an 11 percent on-going salary increase with a one-time 3 percent bonus for educators, according to the Oakland Education Association.

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