Work to Rule at Hillcrest begins on
Monday, March 26, 2018
Joining a growing list of OUSD schools, teachers at Hillcrest K-8 have voted to participate in a work-to-rule action from March 26 - 29, 2018 in hopes of bringing attention to our struggle to negotiate a contract that will best support all the students in OUSD. Work-to-rule, or work-to-contract, is a direct action where employees cease volunteering their unpaid time to do more than the requirements stated within their contract. Beginning Monday, Hillcrest teachers will suspend all work normally completed beyond their contractually-defined workday in a bid to press for more serious negotiations at the bargaining table.
Currently, OUSD pays its teachers less (salary and benefits combined) than most districts in Alameda County, but spends more then any school district in the county on administration and contracted services. While we are fighting for competitive wages that will allow us to continue living and working in the Bay Area, this contract is about much more than fair pay. Our contract priorities include fair compensation to keep teachers in Oakland, smaller class sizes, and safe and stable schools for all OUSD students.
During work-to-rule, teachers will enter the campus together at 8:15 a.m. and will leave at 3:05 p.m., the times designated by the contract. No work will be done outside these hours, which means that lesson planning and preparation, parent communication, and grading will only be completed to the extent it can be done during work hours. Teachers will take their contractual 30 minute duty free lunch, but will not work with students during that time.
If you’d like to help, please write to Superintendent Kyla Johnson (Superintendent@ousd.k12.ca.us ) or (510) 879-8200 and the OUSD School Board (Jody.London@ousd.k12.ca.us) or (510) 879-8199 to explain how you and your child are affected when teachers only do the work for which they are contractually paid.
We appreciate your support, and join you in hoping this situation is resolved soon.
The Hillcrest Teachers