Updated 4/25/16



Get your green (and black) on! Send your school site staff photo to: 
Steven Miyamoto: stevenmiy@gmail.com


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

President
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.

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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:


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THE CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 

OFFICIALLY OPPOSES COMMON ENROLLMENT!

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:

JUNE 23

YES, THAT IS AFTER SCHOOL IS OUT. THAT'S WHY THE VOTE IS BEING TAKEN THEN. THOSE WHO ARE IN TOWN NEED TO COMMIT TO ATTEND.

Download our Statement on Enrollment and Assignment Issues

Click here.

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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.

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"Follow the Money Down Broadway" -- Feb 23



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BCLAD UPDATE for OEA MEMBERS!!!

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. 
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Say "NO!" to Common Enrollment
Read more here and here



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ANOTHER RAISE! But a District Snafu
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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.

STATEMENT BY FREMONT FACULTY
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. 

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CONTRACT RE-OPENERS: Article 22
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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.
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ASSIST OEA IN UPDATING THE WEBSITE!
 
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.

           
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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.

***FAX NUMBER ON FORM IS INCORRECT.***



                                                                                   



Dates to keep in mind...

Complete OEA Calendar
Click here.

MAY 2 4:00
OEA Rep Council
Bret Harte Middle 

SAVE THE DATES!
MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
  
MAY 4 before school
National Walk In Day, Part II

May 4 2:00-5:30 
OUSD Employee Health Benefits Fair
Read More here

MAY 5 4:30 
OEA Candidates Forum
@ TBA

MAY 10
OEA General Election begins

MAY 12, 4:30
OEA MEMBERSHIP MEETING/ CONTRACT CONVENTION
Alliance/Elmhurst Campus 

Through May 31
Discounts to OEA Members
Pinot's Palette Alameda
"Paint. Drink. Have Fun." 
Read more here.

OEA REPS: 
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Every new member will help us fight for public education and democratic rights in the workplace. You may win a $100 gift card
for enrolling new members and submitting the forms to OEA. Site Reps would be credited for one raffle ticket for corrected site rosters regardless if they had any Fee Payers on their list. Also, one ticket for each new member submitted beginning April 4th. Ends May 6. Scan to:linda_smith@oaklandea.o 
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***Are you getting emails blasts from OEA? If not, contact OEA so we can put you in the database.***

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