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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
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



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



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


Labor day 2004
Labor Day 2004 to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Oakland chamber of commerce 11 4 04
Oakland Chamber of Commerce to make corporations pay for public education and other services.11/4/04


Oakland tech 12 5 04
Oakland Tech to make corporations pay for public education and other services.12/5/04


Sit in in state administrator s office 3 1 05
Sit-in in State Administrator’s Office to make corporations pay for public education and other services.3/1/05

“Woody” Carter, OUSD Chief of Staff


Students support sit in
Students support sit-in to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Town hall meeting 3 8 05
Town Hall Meeting 3/8/05 to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Protest and sit down at state building 3 15 05
Protest and Sit Down at State Building to make corporations pay for public education and other services.3/15/05


Making ourselves comfortable
Making ourselves comfortable… to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


And others less so
…and others less so. to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Allendale elementary school boycott 4 8 05
Allendale Elementary School Boycott to make corporations pay for public education and other services.4/8/05


Teachers reject tentative agreement 4 27 05
Teachers Reject Tentative Agreement to make corporations pay for public education and other services.4/27/05


Work to rule and informational picketing around the district fremont high 5 11 05
Work-to-Rule and to make corporations pay for public education and other services.Informational Picketing around the District Fremont High 5/11/05


High school students walk out 5 17 05
High School Students Walk Out to make corporations pay for public education and other services.5/17/05


All district unions meeting
All District Unions Meeting to make corporations pay for public education and other services.

6/8/05


Leafleting downtown through summer 2005 july 27 at shorenstein properties
Leafleting Downtown through Summer 2005 to make corporations pay for public education and other services.July 27 at Shorenstein Properties


Labor day 2005 at health net
Labor Day 2005 at Health Net to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Jonathan Kozol to make corporations pay for public education and other services.

Urges Oakland Teachers

to “Fight on!”

9/24/05


Job action defending elementary arts 10 26 05
Job Action Defending Elementary Arts 10/26/05 to make corporations pay for public education and other services.


Protesting biased tribune coverage also 10 26 05
Protesting Biased Tribune Coverage to make corporations pay for public education and other services.(also 10/26/05)


Protest at school board 12 14 05
Protest at School Board 12/14/05 to make corporations pay for public education and other services.



Supermarket saturdays begin january 2006
Supermarket Saturdays Begin January 2006 picket lines, if necessary

from Rockridge…


To eastmont mall
…to Eastmont Mall. picket lines, if necessary


The facts are in
The Facts Are In! picket lines, if necessary


Teachers protest scab recruitment 1 23 06
Teachers Protest Scab Recruitment picket lines, if necessary1/23/06



City council urges bargaining based on fact finding report
City Council Urges Bargaining picket lines, if necessaryBased on Fact Finding Report

2/7/06


Back to the school board 2 8 06
Back to the School Board picket lines, if necessary2/8/06


Cluster leafleting all over town 2 16 06 fruitvale and international blvd
Cluster Leafleting All Over Town picket lines, if necessary2/16/06Fruitvale and International Blvd.


Seiu joins oea in rejecting health caps 2 13 06
SEIU Joins OEA in Rejecting Health Caps picket lines, if necessary2/13/06


Oea makes its case wins support at public forum 3 6 06
OEA Makes Its Case, Wins Support at Public Forum picket lines, if necessary3/6/06


And back to the school board in large numbers 3 8 06
…and back to the School Board picket lines, if necessaryin large numbers3/8/06


Membership strike authorization meeting 3 22 06
Membership Strike Authorization Meeting picket lines, if necessary3/22/06


1054 picket lines, if necessary

YES

330

NO


April 5 2006 march to state offices
April 5, 2006 picket lines, if necessaryMarch to State Offices…


And kaiser permanente
…and Kaiser Permanente picket lines, if necessary


4 19 2006 getting ready for the one day all unions ousd strike
4/19/2006 picket lines, if necessaryGetting Ready for the One-Day, All-Unions OUSD Strike


4 19 2006 all unions rally at oakland tech
4/19/2006 picket lines, if necessaryAll-unions rally at Oakland Tech


4 20 2006 the strike that wasn t tentative agreement reached
4/20/ 2006 picket lines, if necessaryThe Strike That Wasn’t — Tentative Agreement Reached


May 10 2006 tentative agreement ratified
May 10, 2006 picket lines, if necessaryTentative Agreement Ratified


October 11 2006 oea gives state administration an f
October 11, 2006 picket lines, if necessaryOEA Gives State Administration an “F”


12 9 2006 oea organizes conference on crisis in education
12/9/2006 picket lines, if necessaryOEA Organizes Conference on Crisis in Education


1 17 2009 latest bargaining cycle begins oea sunshines contract proposal
1/17/2009 picket lines, if necessaryLatest Bargaining Cycle Begins:OEA Sunshines Contract Proposal


Demanding pay equity and
Demanding pay equity and… picket lines, if necessary



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


April 4 2008 rally at city hall
April 4, 2008 quality education for all.Rally at City Hall


May day 2008 school site leafleting and teach in
May Day 2008 quality education for all.School Site Leafleting and Teach-in


June 13 2008 freeway bannering
June 13, 2008 quality education for all.Freeway Bannering


February 12 2009 membership meeting and rally
February 12, 2009 quality education for all.Membership Meeting and Rally


March 11 2009 protest state administration rip off for charters and attack on adult ed
March 11, 2009 quality education for all.Protest State Administration Rip-Off for Charters and Attack on Adult Ed


March 24, 2009 quality education for all.

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.


5/13/2009 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 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.


June 29 2009 oea press conference opposing state administrator s declaration of impasse
June 29, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.OEA Press Conference Opposing State Administrator’s Declaration of Impasse…


Just as the district regains local control though the state trustee remains
…just as the District regains “local control” while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.(though the state trustee remains…)


September 9 2009 masked oea members dramatize district s failure to recognize teachers
September 9, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.Masked OEA Members Dramatize District’s Failure to Recognize Teachers


Sept 24 2009
Sept. 24, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.

UC Workers and Students Strike Against Education Cuts Statewide


October 14 2009 teachers demand a fair contract now
October 14, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.Teachers Demand a Fair Contract Now!


October 24, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.Conference at UC Berkeley Plans Statewide Day of Strikes and Action to Defend Public Education (on Mar. 4, 2010)


Nov dec 2009 oea cluster meetings
Nov.-Dec. 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved. OEA Cluster Meetings


Dec 9 2009 teachers rally in the cold to demand a fair contract
Dec. 9, 2009 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.Teachers Rally in the Cold to Demand a Fair Contract


January 12, 2010 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.Montera Middle School

Teachers Reach Out for Public Support


January 20 2010 oea general membership meeting
January 20, 2010 while continuing to lead the state in the proportion of charter schools approved.OEA 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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