Updated 11/23/17                                                                        Students Are At The Center of Everything We Do!
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NOVEMBER 20th 6:00pm
Town Hall on Mid-Year Budget Cuts
MetWest High 
     
NOVEMBER 27th 6:00pm
OUSD School Board
La Escuelita Elementary

DECEMBER 6th 5:30pm
Budget & Finance Commitee @ KDOL
    
DECEMBER 9th
9:00am- 12:00pm
OUSD Board Retreat
La Escuelita Elementary 

DECEMBER 13th 5:00pm
OUSD School Board
La Escuelita Elementary
 
Upcoming Events
  
DECEMBER 2 12:00-3:00pm
Black Lives Matter PD
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
Read more here.
    
 DECEMBER 4th & 5th 4:30pm
Generation Debt: How to reduce your student debt.
Westlake Middle
Read more here.

DECEMBER 8th
OEA TOY DRIVE!
4:30-7:00pm
OEA Office 

Pick up an item to donate and bring on 12/8 or give to your OEA Site Rep

     DECEMBER 11th  
6:30-9:30pm
Movie and Discussion: "Backpack Full of Cash"
Oakland Tech HS
 Flyer here
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Bargaining

 Bargaining Updates are here.

You can track the exchange of written proposals here

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OEA Budget Analysis here


As we head into the Thanksgiving break, we can celebrate OEA unity on November 8. Hundreds of members demonstrated in support of our students and to fight any cuts to kids. OEA members are empowering ourselves and our community to protect what is essential for excellent schools.
   
But even in celebration we must look to the struggles ahead. We all must be involved in demanding budget priorities that keep students at the center. At the site and district levels we must be involved in minimizing cuts now and demand a collaborative budget process for the future. 
   
Check the dates to the left and show up for the budget meetings ahead. The school board plans to make the final cut on Monday, November 27, the day we return to school. Please check your emails for updates during the break.
   
Rest up. We have a long year of organizing ahead!
 
In unity,
   
Trish Gorham, President
Oakland Education Association

WHERE WILL YOU BE ON NOVEMBER 8?
OEA members will be out there rain or shine!!!

In the face of unnecessary cuts that aim to hurt our students and fellow OUSD union Brothers and Sisters, it is imperative that we continue our demand for the resources our students deserve: from the district, from the county, and from the state!
   
OEA is part of a statewide coalition of CTA locals and community groups which will highlight the need to invest more in California Public Schools over the next 2 weeks. 
   
Actions from San Diego to Richmond will decry our standing as 46th in per pupil spending in the country, the drain of resources from our students by the unfettered growth of charter schools, and the benefits of bargaining contracts, in collaboration with parents and students, for the common good.
   
In our goal to show STRENGTH IN NUMBERS to stop harmful cuts and win a fair contract, November 8 is an important showing of unity.
    
Please commit to the HOUR OF POWER!

On November 8 OEA members will join a state wide series of actions (10/6-10/16) from San Diego to San Francisco to Fight for the Funds our students deserve. California should be ashamed to be the 6th largest economy in the world and 46th in per pupil spending in the US. We will change that through our collective work in the California Alliance for Community Schools!
  
In Oakland, that message will be included in our November 8 action that is also about OUSD budget mismanagement and priorities.

KEEP CUTS AWAY FROM OUR KIDS.
    
We are aligning with community groups to hold the OUSD School Board, the County Office of Education, and the State accountable; all play a role in OUSD's financial fiasco.

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This update describes the October 9 meeting with the OUSD Bargaining "Team"


   IF YOU CAN'T BREATHE: LEAVE! 

10/13/17  -  In discussions with the Superintendent throughout the day, I insisted that:
  • Teachers have held it together for the students under horrendous conditions since Monday and should be given the PD day on Friday to work at home.
  • Any teacher who had to take Thursday off for health reasons should not have that day deducted from their sick leave.
Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammel ultimately decided not to close the ECEs or cancel PD on Friday
   
We are still discussing the deduction of sick days for both Thursday and Friday. If a decision on that is not forthcoming, we will seek legal remedies afforded to us about your right to remove yourself from an unhealthy working condition.
   
Teachers need to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their health tomorrow. If you need to take the day off, please do so. There will be no negative consequence for this.
   
I will continue to demand that you be accorded with the same respect around your sick leave that students were accorded about their absences.

In unity,
Trish Gorham, OEA President


10/10/17 - Your OEA Bargaining Team introduced language on October 9 that would add an additional FTE to schools of the highest need. They will introduce language that caps class sizes in schools with a higher need at lower maximums than other schools. "High need" is based on definitions set forth in the state Local Control Funding Formula, which increases allocations to districts with higher need students (free lunch, ELL, foster youth).                

10/8/17 -- Why do we show unity tomorrow? Because in UNITY we WIN.
   
The increase in your pay warrants this month is the result of unity within OEA to fight for what was our due and unity of the OUSD unions on the Health Benefits Governing Board (HBGB) to guarantee equal access and cost to all OUSD union employees.
  
An additional .34%  was added to your salary as a result of an arbitration judgement which supported OEA's position that OUSD had no right to unilaterally decrease the amount negotiated to be applied in January. A .51% of last year's salary will be paid in a retro check by November 1 to those employed both last year and this year as a result of that judgement.
   
You will notice that the contribution to Health Premiums is at $0. This is a result of the work of the HBGB. This is only guaranteed for one year, but is a substantial increase in salary for this year. Additional enhancements to your benefits will be described in a later publication.
   
In unity,
   
Trish Gorham, President
Oakland Education Association

DEMAND A LEAD FREE OUSD!

The water crisis at McClymonds leaves questions about the water quality in all of our schools. Make that sure OUSD's promise to test the water at all sites is fulfilled. 

Read more about CALPIRG's Campaign for Lead Free Schools here.

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Help for Puerto Rico!

Get OEActive!!! OEA is collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico now through November 3 at the OEA Center 1025 E 12th Street. Donations accepted M-F 9am- 5pm.

 
Items needed include:
  • Batteries
  • First aid kits
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine products   
Your donations will make a world of difference. Please spread the word and show Puerto Rico some love. Any questions, contact Chaz at mz.chastityg@gmail.com.

FIRESTORM SUPPORT

Oaklanders understand the trauma of  entire communities being wiped out in a  matter of hours. We share the sorrow  of our fellow Californians.
CTA has a Disaster Relief Fund and information  for members impacted by natural disasters.

For more information click here