OEA Teacher Strike Update - February 16, 2019
If you need background info, the February 4th Community Meeting at RHS was live-streamed on the RHS Community Facebook Page: facebook.com/groups/
Strike Authorization Vote & Results of the Fact-Finding Period: Oakland Education Association (OEA), our teachers’ union, voted overwhelmingly (84% turnout voted 95% in favor) on February 4, 2019 to authorize the union board to call for a strike if there is no action on the part of the district between then or at the conclusion of the fact-finding period yesterday, February 15th. OEA made an announcement about the potential strike TODAY, Saturday, February 16th at 1:30 pm. Here is the video to the live press conference at that time:
When will the strike begin and how long will it last? THE STRIKE BEGINS THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st. We have no way of knowing how long a strike will last. LA’s recent strike extended into week 2, while Denver settled in 3 days. Historically, the 1996 OEA strike lasted 5 weeks.
What can parents do to support teachers? Whether or not you send your child to school, which the district assures us will be open but staffed with emergency substitutes, is your choice. That said, the best way that parents can support teachers to ensure the strike has the greatest impact in, hopefully, the shortest amount of time, is to NOT send your children to school. Do not call them in sick, do not cross the picket line.
I have to work - where can I send my child instead of school? A handful of parents are actively working to organize 1-2 strike solidarity school sites, including at the Redwood Heights Recreation Center, for at least 60 students. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out this form to help us assess need: bit.ly/SolidaritySchool or text/call Erin Brightwell at 415-548-0630.
In addition, many parents have indicated their ability to help with a childcare share network. If you plan to stay home with your kids and can watch a few more, please add your name in the appropriate grade tab to this form:
After School Programs: Rockets after-care WILL still be provided at the rec center for those who use it in the event of a strike (there will be no morning care, however). Enrichment Classes: Please check in with your individual instructor to see if they plan to hold classes during a strike or offer a make-up day. While they happen after school, since these classes are held on campus, many feel that attending is crossing the picket line.
There is still time to get involved: If you are interested in helping with the strike solidarity schools, please contact Sarah Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call at 510-890-7156. If you would like to help with teacher support on the picket line in the event of a strike (e.g. bathroom access within walking distance to RHS & food for teachers), please sign up on Konstella - bit.ly/RHSteachersupport - or contact Cindy Ciruli at email@example.com. If you’d like to help with food donations for students who rely on school lunches, please check out the centralized effort Bread for Ed: donorbox.org/breadfored
How can I learn more?
* Join the school’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/
* Join the FB group Oakland Parents Supporting Teachers: www.facebook.com/groups/
* Follow OEA’s Facebook page for updates: facebook.com/OaklandEA
Questions? Please ask your Room Parent or email RP Coordinator Becky Grigsby at firstname.lastname@example.org; if they don’t know the answer they should be able to put you in touch with someone who does!
Sat, Feb 16 2:30pm
Redwood Heights Elementary