Oakland classes to resume after teachers approve contract to end strike

The deal includes an 11 percent salary increase and a one-time 3 percent bonus.
Image: Cris Bautista
Cris Bautista, left, a teacher at Oakland Technical High School, pickets in front of the school in Oakland, California, on Friday.Ben Margot / AP file

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By Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland teachers will be back in their classrooms Monday after union members voted to approve a contract deal with district officials.

The Oakland Education Association voted in favor of the deal on Sunday after having postponed the vote for a day. The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District.

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"We look forward to being in our classrooms again after having to strike to bring our Oakland students some of the resources and supports they should have had in the first place," Keith Brown, the union's president, said in a statement.

The agreement was reached after 3,000 teachers went on strike on Feb. 21, prompting seven days of marathon negotiations for higher pay, smaller classes and more school resources.

The strike effectively cleared out the city's 86 schools. Oakland teachers were the latest educators in the United States to strike over pay and classroom conditions.

The union announced Friday that the teachers won everything they demanded.

"This victory, accomplished through our collective strength on the picket lines with Oakland parents and students, sends the message that educators will no longer let this school district starve our neighborhood schools of resources," Brown said.

The deal includes an 11 percent salary increase and a one-time 3 percent bonus.