Oakland teachers strike for higher pay, smaller classes

By Jeff Powers
May 22, 2023
Militant/Carole Lesnick

OAKLAND, Calif. — After seven months of contract negotiations nearly 3,000 public school teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers and other school employees organized by the Oakland Education Association went on strike at 80 schools here May 4. The union is demanding a pay increase of 23% over the next four years, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more staff.