Oakland teachers march for new contract

OAKLAND (KRON) – Oakland public school teachers marched side by side with parents, students, and other supporters on Tuesday afternoon calling for the school district to settle a contract dispute with the Oakland Education Association.

The OEA is seeking wage increases of up 17%, smaller class sizes, and improved health coverage for its members. Oakland teachers say they are among the lowest paid in the Bay Area and haven’t had a raise since 2003.

Prior to the march, the Oakland Unified School District issued a statement saying it is committed to the ongoing contract negotiations. OUSD also said it has offered a 13.5% increase to teachers over 18 months.

“While this pay increase will not get our teachers to where we would like to be long-term…it is a strong start,” said the district.

Tuesday’s march coincided with the Cesar Chavez school holiday. Classes were not in session.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for April, 19, 20, and 21.

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