In a time of widespread pay cuts and historic unemployment, the Oakland teachers’ union is asking for a 15 percent raise over three years. The Trib reports that the union wants five percent salary schedule increases in each of the next three years. The union announced yesterday that it had rejected the latest contract proposal from the school district that included no pay raises, calling it “unconscionable.” The move brings the union one step closer to a strike.
Historically, the teachers’ union has enjoyed the backing of Oakland parents, but their inability to grasp the statewide financial crisis and their desire for large raises during a steep recession may jeopardize that support. According to the Trib, the district has to slash $27 million from its budget next year because of state budget cuts.