Oakland Teachers Hold “Art Build” to Make Statements Ahead of Potential Strike

By John Ramos, KPIX 5

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — On Sunday, the Oakland Education Association called for a strike authorization vote from its members. This is the latest step in a showdown between the Oakland School District and its workers, and it looks more and more like the district is headed for a strike.

The announcement came at noon from Oakland Education Association President Keith Brown.

“A democratic strike vote by paper ballot at school sites in the Oakland Unified School District will send a message that Oakland educators are serious about ending the teacher retention crisis,” he said.

The union says it wants more student resources, smaller class sizes and what they call a “living wage” for its workers. It is using the power of art to reinforce the message. Union and community members met in Oakland on Sunday for an “art build” to create the protest materials for a potential strike.

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Oakland Teachers Hold ‘Art Build’ To Make Statements Ahead Of Potential Strike