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Why should I join the OEA?

Your membership also supports your colleagues. Our ability to represent all bargaining unit members with the District is strengthened by increased membership. Your membership will allow you to have an active voice in the local and will provide support at the bargaining table. OEA is not just a union; it is a professional association dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in the Oakland Unified School District.


Can anyone attend the OEA meetings?

All OEA members are invited and welcomed to attend OEA Meetings.


I have questions regarding my membership, who do I contact?

The current Membership Committee Co-Chairs Amy Burns amyburns@pacbell.net and Steve Miyamoto stevenmiy@hotmail.com are able to assist you in determining your membership status. Please feel free to contact them for additional information.


What is permanent status?

Teachers have a permanent (i.e. continuing) Contract with the District after they have completed a two year probationary period and return for the first day of their third year. Permanent teachers must sign an “Intent to Return” form each spring in order to continue their Contract with the District for the next school year.


What does probationary mean?

Probationary means that you are in the process of becoming a permanent teacher. Your Employment Contract must state that you are a probationary teacher designated as either “Year 1” or “Year” 2. According to the Education Code, you must be a probationary teacher for two years before you can become permanent. A probationary teacher is not a long-term substitute, temporary teacher, year-to-year categorical teacher, day-to-day substitute or a permanent teacher.


What is the process for negotiations?

Each side has to make public what they are going to be negotiating for the contract year before negotiations can take place. Then the bargaining teams meet and discuss proposals.


What kinds of things are negotiable?

Wages, salary schedules, hours, work days, work year, working conditions, and teacher work calendar.


Can the association propose budget cuts for the district?

It is not up to the teachers to propose budget cuts. It is the responsibility of the district to bring budget cut proposals to the bargaining table. The teachers association can then decide if they are willing to accept or reject proposals, find alternatives or come to a compromise.


How many sick days do I get a year and how many can be used for personal necessity?

We get 10 sicks and 5 personal days. And if you don't use them they roll over to the the next year. The 5 personal days roll over to the next year.


Is there a time limit on when I can turn in transcripts for salary advancement?

Please turn in any documentation by November 1st and April 1st each school year.


There is a mistake on my paycheck stub. What should I do?

Contact payroll first. If the issue is still not resolved, contact an OEA Rep.


What rights does a classroom teacher have when it comes to student discipline and grades?

A teacher can suspend a student from class for two days. (Ed.Code. 48910)
A teacher must be informed of students’ violent, criminal, harassing, or threatening conduct.(Ed. Code 49079)
A teacher makes the final decision as to student grades. (Ed. Code 49066)


What rights does a teacher have when it comes to meeting with an administrator?

Ask what the meeting’s purpose is before attending
Be represented in meetings that might lead to discipline
Request unusual directives be put in writing before complying
Give no explanations until after consulting with a OEA Rep.
Refuse to submit a written statement until after consulting with OEA
Remain silent and consult a lawyer if accused of conduct that could lead to criminal prosecution


What rights does a teacher have when it comes to parents?

Must be notified within a reasonable time before a parent visits your classroom (Ed. Code 49091.10)
Parents are liable for willful misconduct of minor children that causes injury (Ed. Code 48904)
A parent who disrupts a class or school activity is guilty of a misdemeanor (Ed. Code 44811)
If a parent meeting becomes unpleasant, immediately stop and demand the attendance of a union representative
Teachers should keep record of all parent and administrator meetings in a file at home
Teachers have a right to know specific details including the identity of those who make complaints against them


What is OEA’s affiliation with CTA and NEA?

OEA is the local chapter and CTA is our state affiliate and NEA is our national affiliate. Collectively CTA represents education employees working in public school districts, community colleges, and public universities. NEA is the nation’s largest labor union with 2.8 million teachers.


How are policy decisions made at OEA?

OEA’s policy making body is the Representative Council. All policies and issues to be voted upon are discussed by the Executive Board and it is their recommendation that is brought to the Representative Council. Representatives are elected by their sites.


How are policy decisions made at CTA?

CTA’s legislative and policy-making body is the State Council of Education- a delegation of more than 700 CTA members elected by their local chapters to represent their colleagues and to promote and advance public education. State Council establishes policies, including adopting positions on pending legislation, after extensive debate. As a CTA member, you can access CTA members-only web site, (CTA.org), and learn more about this democratic process.


How can I make suggestions for changes in our contract?

A bargaining survey comes out once a year. You need to write down what article you would like to see changed or amended. You can also add other items of concern that you want to see addressed. As far as other suggestions, feel free to contact your OEA Rep. or OEA Executive Board member for appropriate level (elementary, middle, or high school) You can always call OEA office or email us at oaklandea@oaklandea.com


How can I get more involved in OEA?Here are a just few suggestions:

Attend an OEA event.
Attend an OEA training.
Become a site rep.
Join an OEA Committee.
Run for OEA executive board.
Join faculty council at your site.
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