The strike by more than 3,000 Oakland teachers and other education professionals moved into its sixth school day Thursday. OEA was joined by parents and allies from across the city of Oakland and beyond. The day started stronger than ever, with this morning’s attendance at the pickets being the highest ever of the strike.
At Castlemont High School, Etiene Torres, an ethnic studies and world history teacher for English language learners, highlighted the historic significance of the strike. “We are changing the purpose of our teaching contract to not only benefit teachers, but also our students and the communities we are working in.”
In the afternoon, educators and supporters from across the district held the day’s Big Picket at Glenview Elementary School. Community members spoke out about the strike and the Common Good issues important to Oakland educators, parents and students.
Other education leaders across the Bay Area also demonstrated solidarity with the educators and community of Oakland.
Bargaining team member Tim Douglas shared updates before returning to the table to wait for OUSD to get back to work brokering a deal that will get students and educators back into the classroom.
Or as OUSD fourth grader Stella said it best, “OUSD, we need a fair contract now because we hella love Oakland teachers!”