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How We Got Here. OEA presents. OEA’s Long Fight for Quality Public Education and a Fair Contract. Produced by Craig Gordon with additional photos by Mike Myslinksi, David Turner, Steve Neat, Memo Durgin. In 1995-96, Oakland teachers struck for fair compensation and lower class size….

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How We Got Here

OEA presents

OEA’s Long Fight for Quality Public Education and a Fair Contract

Produced by Craig Gordon

with additional photos by Mike Myslinksi, David Turner, Steve Neat, Memo Durgin

In 1995-96, Oakland teachers struck for fair compensation and lower class size…

Though the strike did not win a binding commitment by the district to reduce class size locally…

…it helped pave the way only months later to funding for class size reduction statewide.

In 2003 OEA continued leading the way, beginning a campaign to make corporations pay for public education and other services.

Labor Day 2004

Oakland Chamber of Commerce 11/4/04

Oakland Tech 12/5/04

Sit-in in State Administrator’s Office3/1/05

“Woody” Carter, OUSD Chief of Staff

Students support sit-in

Town Hall Meeting 3/8/05

Protest and Sit Down at State Building3/15/05

Making ourselves comfortable…

…and others less so.

Allendale Elementary School Boycott4/8/05

Teachers Reject Tentative Agreement4/27/05

Work-to-Rule andInformational Picketing around the District Fremont High 5/11/05

High School Students Walk Out 5/17/05

All District Unions Meeting


Leafleting Downtown through Summer 2005July 27 at Shorenstein Properties

Labor Day 2005 at Health Net

Jonathan Kozol

Urges Oakland Teachers

to “Fight on!”


Job Action Defending Elementary Arts 10/26/05

Protesting Biased Tribune Coverage(also 10/26/05)

Protest at School Board 12/14/05

AFSCME president reaffirms commitment to support OEA’s picket lines, if necessary

Supermarket Saturdays Begin January 2006

from Rockridge…

…to Eastmont Mall.

The Facts Are In!

Teachers Protest Scab Recruitment1/23/06

Members Send Off Bargaining Team to Renewed Negotiations 1/28/06

City Council Urges Bargaining Based on Fact Finding Report


Back to the School Board2/8/06

Cluster Leafleting All Over Town2/16/06Fruitvale and International Blvd.

SEIU Joins OEA in Rejecting Health Caps2/13/06

OEA Makes Its Case, Wins Support at Public Forum3/6/06

…and back to the School Board in large numbers3/8/06

Membership Strike Authorization Meeting3/22/06





April 5, 2006March to State Offices…

…and Kaiser Permanente

4/19/2006Getting Ready for the One-Day, All-Unions OUSD Strike

4/19/2006All-unions rally at Oakland Tech

4/20/ 2006The Strike That Wasn’t — Tentative Agreement Reached

May 10, 2006Tentative Agreement Ratified

October 11, 2006OEA Gives State Administration an “F”

12/9/2006OEA Organizes Conference on Crisis in Education

1/17/2009Latest Bargaining Cycle Begins:OEA Sunshines Contract Proposal

Demanding pay equity and…

…class size reduction and other conditions necessary for quality education for all.

May 19, 2007 Longshore workers, teachers and others shut Port of Oakland down, blocking war shipments, demanding $ for schools.

April 4, 2008Rally at City Hall

May Day 2008School Site Leafleting and Teach-in

June 13, 2008Freeway Bannering

February 12, 2009Membership Meeting and Rally

March 11, 2009Protest State Administration Rip-Off for Charters and Attack on Adult Ed

March 24, 2009

Paul Robeson High School Parents, Students, and Staff Tell State Administration:

“Don’t Close Our School”

… but District closed Robeson, BEST, Explore, and others while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.


March around Lake

from Health Net & Kaiser Offices…

…to the School Board/State Administration Meeting

June 29, 2009OEA Press Conference Opposing State Administrator’s Declaration of Impasse…

…just as the District regains “local control”(though the state trustee remains…)

September 9, 2009Masked OEA Members Dramatize District’s Failure to Recognize Teachers

Sept. 24, 2009

UC Workers and Students Strike Against Education Cuts Statewide

October 14, 2009Teachers Demand a Fair Contract Now!

October 24, 2009Conference at UC Berkeley Plans Statewide Day of Strikes and Action to Defend Public Education (on Mar. 4, 2010)

Nov.-Dec. 2009 OEA Cluster Meetings

Dec. 9, 2009Teachers Rally in the Cold to Demand a Fair Contract

January 12, 2010Montera Middle School

Teachers Reach Out for Public Support

January 20, 2010OEA General Membership Meeting

Time (again) for Oakland’s teachers to decide and to act…

OEA members unanimously supported the Bargaining Team’s rejection of the district’s contract proposal

94% of members voting authorized action up to a one-day strike and another meeting to consider further action.

93% voted to support statewide actions on March 4.

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