Oakland Teachers Stop Doing Voluntary Work Amid Contract Talks

OAKLAND (KCBS) — As a result of difficult contract talks with the school district, some Oakland school teachers on Monday will begin cutting back on their schedules and doing the bare minimum inside—and outside—the classroom.

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It’s happening at Montara Middle School, near Piedmont, where teachers say they’re unhappy about class sizes, workloads and salaries are working strictly by the contract.

“All the voluntary work that we usually do, like tutoring or after school things or even just giving up our lunch to help the students, we’re not going to be doing that anymore,” special education teacher and union representative Celina Andrade told KCBS.

Troy Flint, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District concedes that teachers pay is low.

“Our current proposal represents a 10 percent salary increase over the next three years. That’s more than $15 million additional dollars annually,” he said.

Teachers planning to arrive at 8:30 a.m. and leaving at 3:30 p.m., will grade papers in their classrooms rather than at home to pressure administrators to ink a deal.

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