Oakland teachers, district reach common ground nearly 2 weeks into strike

The Oakland Education Association (OEA) announced Saturday that an agreement has been reached with striking teachers on some ‘common good’ proposals. 

Nearly two weeks into the strike, OEA said the agreement includes reparations for Black students, resources for unhoused students, and shared governance. 

Despite these agreements, the teachers remain on strike. 


"We are still on strike, but momentum is on our side," the OEA said in a tweet. "OEA's bargaining team continues to bargain to reach a full Tentative Agreement."

This announcement comes as the end of the school year nears. Some parents have started to become frustrated and crossed picket lines, saying the union strike has "gone on for far too long."

"I feel really sad to be away from the classrooms," said 3rd grade teacher Hilaria Barajas. "I really miss my students, I really miss the families and my colleagues, but im here because of them."

Other Northern California school districts with common good demands include West Contra Costa Unified and Natomas Unified.

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"These agreements are the culmination of discussions that recently occurred outside of the teachers’ contract bargaining process," OUSD said in the letter to parents.

Even though progress has been made, It's still unclear when teachers will return to the classroom.