The vast majority of teachers from Oakland High School — at least 75 of the school's 90 educators — rallied outside City Hall on Monday as part of a one-day strike to protest what they say are low wages and the ineffective tactics of their union.
Oakland Unified School District teachers have been working without a contract since July. The main dispute is over wages. The district has offered a 5 percent raise over five years, but teachers want 12 percent over three years. They are also asking for smaller class sizes and more support services for students, including nurses, psychologists and counselors.
The so-called wildcat strike was not sanctioned by the Oakland Education Association, the teachers union. Teachers say the union’s tactics are top-down and ineffective.
"Now is the time for this movement to happen, and the union is moving too slow," said Alex Webster Guiney, a special education teacher at the school, in advance of the strike. "They need to be supporting the grass-roots movement of their members."