Updated 9/27/16
It's your decision.
Should OEA Support, Oppose, or be Neutral on
The OEA Representative Council will take a position on the parcel tax on October 3. Your OEA Rep should reflect the will of the staff on this very important topic. Please read all of the arguments below and discuss with your colleagues and come to a collective agreement.

***The following arguments have been voluntarily submitted based on the writers' understanding of the Measure G1 language. No formal process of fact checking was applied.  It is recommended that you click on the link below to read the language for yourself.*** 

The State Budget is finalized and District books are closed.
The negotiated compensation for 2016-2017: 
  • A 3.75% salary schedule increase will be reflected in your October pay warrant. (Salary effective July 1, 2016 + .04%)
  • A retro check for the  increase effective July 1 and the .04% missed January-June will be paid in October.
  • A 0.42% salary schedule increase effective January 1, 2017 will be reflected in your January pay warrant.
  • A 1.63% single, off salary schedule bonus check will be paid no later thanJanuary 30, 2017. This is based on your salary schedule position as of July 1, 2016.
This brings the total salary increases since 2013 to a simple (not accounting for compounding) 17.22%.
Is this enough? No one believes that to be the case. But after nearly a decade of no movement, the members of OEA can take pride in the work of their OEA Bargaining Team and the strength of their sisters and brothers which produced the positive gains we will continue to improve upon in the next contract. Strength in Numbers! Wear your OEA Green every Wednesday!

In order to protect members who may have run out of sick leave, we have created a Catastrophic Leave Bank which members can draw on after contributing one day of sick leave. If you are not sure, donate. No extra day will be taken if you are shown to already have contributed. This is an easy protection of your benefits and salary! If you qualify, do it now.
Download and follow the directions to submit. Catastrophic Leave Form.

OCTOBER 6, 2016
for the
        The OEA / CTA / NEA join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools in this 3rd national action in support of our public schools. Read the letter from CTA President, Eric Heinz here.
        In Oakland, and across the state, we will emphasize the need to fight for the FUNDS OUR SCHOOLS DESERVE. Passing Proposition 55 is critical to that goal.
       Schools across Oakland are preparing to gather parents, staff, and students before school starts on the 6th to state the budget priorities for their schools. Art? Music? Class Size? Translation Services? Counselors? How should the funds from Proposition 55 be spent to create the schools all students, inevery neighborhood deserve? 
        See participating cities here.
        AROS resources here.
        There will be materials at the October Rep Council for your school to use on October 6 (flyers, posters, buttons). Make sure you have someone attend.
Please discuss this with your staff this week and commit to being part of this national movement.


OCTOBER 4 4:30-6:30
OCTOBER 5 4:30-6:30
Offered on 2 days for yourconvenience:
Learn How to Reduce Student Loans
Westlake Middle School
Read more here.

Edgar Sanchez, Aileen Chang, Becca Rozza-Marsh, Craig Gordon, Trish Gorham, Janet Lau, Jasmene Miranda, Patty Segura
Working the weekend to keep OEA strong!

Environmental Justice Caucus   
Let's get together to help clean Oakland's Creeks and Parks!
Next Saturday, September 17, 2016, is Oakland's annual  
Creek to Bay Day, when hundreds of volunteers turn out to spend the morning cleaning and restoring creeks, parks, and shoreline areas.   
The OEA Environmental Justice Caucus intends to have a presence
 at the Lake Merritt cleanup site.  Please join us!! 

Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue ave 94610
Participants should arrive by 9:00 am, wearing shoes and clothes appropriate for hands-on cleanup work around the Lake. 
More information is available at oaklandcreektobay.org
To help plan and coordinate volunteer efforts, those who are interested in joining us should reply to membership@OaklandEA.org

Toni Morozumi 
OEA Environmental Justice Caucus

Check out our Contract Page for information on how your raise and off-salary checks will be issued this year

 Vote in the Seat 12 run-off election!

May 31-June 7th
Run-off Election for OEA Executive Board Seat # 12
More info here


Friday, June 17
Free Tailgate with OEA/CTA Sisters and Brothers! Fireworks after game!
More info and order form here




*** No final evaluation goes into ANY personnel file unless you have signed a written request to have it so placed. 

*** ALL teachers in TIPO (BTSA) will be certified this year, even if the principal did not implement TGDS thoroughly.

*** The final evaluation can not be used for a PAR referral. Per the Pilot MOU, no referrals to PAR this year.  

*** No meetings are required after dismissal in elementary schools on June 8.

*** No meetings are required in any school on June 10


Spring 2016 Final Election Results here

Early Childhood Education Tentative Agreement Reached!

At the conclusion of bargaining the 2014-2017 contract in May of 2015, the OEA and OUSD Bargaining Teams agreed to reopen and negotiate the terms and conditions for Early Childhood Educators as written in Article 22.
Your OEA Bargaining Team sunshined their proposals to the OUSD School Board in January and negotiations soon followed. Your OEA BT met every Tuesday after school to craft strategy and language for negotiations and met with the district several times a month.

Also, since ratification, several issues arose that could impact the bargaining unit members and for which OEA submitted Demands to Bargain. They were also placed on the table for your OEA Bargaining Team to negotiate with the district.

Please thank the OEA Bargaining Team for their work on behalf of OEA Members.

Jennifer Formoso, Chair
Relena Ellis, Co-Chair
Stella Collins
Chaz Garcia
Holly Warren-Mordecai
Kathleen Byrnes
Becky Flanigan, CTA Staff

The entire Article 22 is presented to give complete context to the changes. Following the Article 22 Language are agreements regarding: Application of State and Local Laws guaranteeing sick leave; Middle School Coaches; and High School Dual Enrollment Programs.

Read the entire Tentative Agreement here

ECE Teachers Early Retirement/Separation Incentive

The Tentative Agreement contains a one time cash pay out of $2,000.00 if ECE Teachers notify OUSD of their intent to separate by June 31, 2016. You must act soon if interested!

Read agreement here


General Elections for OEA Officers and Board Seats as well as CTA State and Alameda Labor Council Seats will take place between May 10 and May 19, 2016.
Voting will be available online and at the OEA office (paper ballots).  Electronic ballots will be emailed to members on May 10, 2016.

Quick Tips to vote via email:

1)      Search for the following information: Oakland Education Association (Sender) 2016 General Elections Ballot (Subject)
2)      To access the poll directly, click the first link in your email (the longer link.)
3)      If you are concerned about internet security, you may visit the OEA Simply Voting page first by clicking on the second link and enter your           membership number and password.
4)      If you can't find your ballot in your inbox, please check your SPAM & Promotions (Gmail) folders.
5)      If you did not receive an email ballot, please come to the OEA office to complete a paper ballot.  The office will be open from 9:00 to 5:00          pm every week day during the elections.  Please call the office at 510-763-4020 to check if someone will be at the office at other times.

All schools with participation rates of 50% or higher will be entered in a raffle for the chance to win a pizza party.  5 schools will be selected among those eligible.

Candidate info can be found here

Term of office for all positions: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018


Declaration of Candidacy for OEA General Election

Ready to get more involved to support OEA Members?

Run for the following elective positions in the OEA General Elections which begin on May 10.

First Vice President
Six (6) Executive Board Seats
Two (2) CTA State Council Seats
Two (2) CTA State Council Alternates
Multiple Openings for Alameda Labor Council Seats

Nominations close at 5:00 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016

Download Declaration of Candidacy Form here.

May 4 Walk In
To Support and Protect our Public Schools

On May 4, parents, students, and teachers in cities across the country will come together to declare their support for their public schools and demand the resources necessary to have a quality neighborhood public school.

In Oakland, our main theme will revolve around actions which disrupt OUSD schools and programs while promoting charter growth. Sites will develop their own messages/actions around: co-location, disruption of special education services, disruptions of leadership and staff,etc., but the umbrella theme for all will be the corporate deforms being imposed on public schools, manifested in the push for common enrollment.

We will have materials ready for you to use on May 4 at the May 2 Rep Council: posters, stickers for teachers, students, and parents to wear all day, and flyers with information on contacting school board members, signing an on line petition, and participation in an action on social media.

Reps should reach out to cluster leaders for support and to inform them of  the site actions

This is a comprehensive page of resources and organizing plans. Most sites will only use a few but good information:




The CTA State Council, at its meeting on April 10, approved the following, which was motivated by a motion brought to that body by Trish Gorham, OEA President, at the January meeting:

"Request that the CTA President write a letter to the Oakland School Board stating CTA's opposition to the utilization of a one application, "common enrollment" student enrollment process that combines district and charter schools as equal choices on the same form provided by a school district."

The "solution looking for a problem" of common enrollment continues to face mounting opposition by Community Groups, Labor, and those who have seen the devastating collapse to enrollment in district schools in New Orleans, Camden, and other cities where the Broad-Walmart initiative has been imposed. This is not a result of parents preferring charters over district schools, but of a rigged system that favors assignment to charters.

Has your community group taken a position on Common Enrollment? Download the statement, get your group to sign on, prepare to attend the school board meeting:



Download our Statement on Enrollment and Assignment Issues

Click here.


Standardized Testing: Parents have a choice

And it is perfectly legal for teachers to inform parents of their rights. But it is NOT legal to advocate.

Here is information about standardized testing in California and what your rights and responsibilities are as an educator.

Eric Heins, President of CTA, gives key information here.


"Follow the Money Down Broadway" -- Feb 23


BCLAD certified teachers, please take a moment to check your January pay stub online. Payroll is said to have activated the monthly stipend which should appear under the Earnings category as "BIL OEA" with current earning at $125.00. If you do NOT see any current earnings, please contact Chaz Garcia immediately at mz_chaz@hotmail.com so that the issue can be resolved with HR and payroll. 

The current earnings do not reflect the back pay that is owed to all eligible members, a total of $500.  Initially, the amount owed was to be included in January's warrant, however it has been confirmed that it to be paid in a supplemental February check. 
Say "NO!" to Common Enrollment
Read more here and here


ANOTHER RAISE! But a District Snafu

Instead of the 2.81% that reflects the actual salary increase beginning in January, 2016, your pay warrant this week will reflect a 2.79% increase. The wrong figure was mistakenly reported to payroll by district administration. 

Also, the district FINALLY agreed with OEA that their calculations for the salary increase based on the state revenue to the district was incorrect. That figure was off by .02%.

It is quite astonishing that OUSD cannot correctly apply the actual increase in a simple and timely manner, but that is the case with their beleaguered and inefficient IFAS system.

While the .04% owed is a small amount, it is money that is due and money that will be paid to OEA members. It is likely we will have that amount added to the off schedule one time check due to members in July.

on 1/8/16 incident reported on KPIX: here.

We, the members of the Oakland Education Association who serve the students at Fremont High School, are appalled at the inappropriate assaultive treatment of our student at the hands of an OUSD School Safety Officer and Vice Principal on Friday, January 8, 2016.

After collectively viewing the security footage aired on KPIX, Fremont OEA members agreed upon three grievances regarding the incident.

First, we believe that the SSO and VP did not act with the proper protocol to address the mental health needs of the student in a safe and supportive way. Second, we believe that when the SSO initiated physical contact with the student this was unwarranted and excessive. Third, we believe that the proper district protocols are not being followed in the aftermath of this incident.

In response to these grievances, we are calling upon OUSD to place the SSO and administrator involved in the incident on paid administrative leave until an adequate and transparent investigation has been conducted. We stand for our students' physical and mental safety and do not condone aggressive physical contact initiated by adults toward the youth in our classrooms and school. 

We all agree that building a solid foundation for growth in social, academic, and motor skills is critical for our students. And critical to that effort are the professionals providing quality pre-kindergarten experiences in our Early Childhood Education programs.
OEA and OUSD agreed to only bargain the article specific to the ECE programs this year. That important work will be informed by the members of the ECE programs. 
ECE teachers are urged to attend one of the sessions on January 12 to inform the OEA Bargaining Team of their issues and priorities.
Read more here.

A perfect opportunity to contribute to your union and earn extra cash!

Applications being accepted for
OEA Webmaster

Are you a savvy communicator with website content management and web development skills who has a passion for public education and labor unions? Become Oakland Education Association's new Webmaster!  OEA's website needs to be regularly updated and improved to better serve as a one-stop-shop for the most current information for members and the public. Time commitment will be 3-5 hrs/week. Pay would be $300/month. Preference in hiring will be given to current OEA members. 
Application here.



Join the Catastrophic Leave Bank!

At least three times a year a member who is ill and is close to
running out of sick leave wants to know what will happen if their sick leave runs out. I have the horrible task of informing them that their health benefits may cease as well as their pay because they did not join the catastrophic leave bank that could continue their sick leave status. Don't let that be you! Sign up for the Catastrophic Leave if you have 21 sick days of credit. It is worth the investment. If you are not sure, you can sign up again. No additional days will be taken if, when processed, it is found you have already contributed.

Download Catastrophic Form here.



Dates to keep in mind...

OCTOBER 3 4:00 
OEA Rep Council
Bret Harte Middle School
Read Agenda
SEPTEMBER 27 4:00 
Bargaining Basics Training
CTA Oakland RRC
Call to RSVP: 510-536-5850

SEPTEMBER 28 5:00 
OUSD School Board 
***Are you getting emails blasts from OEA? If not, contact OEA so we can put you in the database.***

Up-to-date info is available on: Facebook & Twitter

if you have any questions or feedback