Oakland teachers go back to class after strike over pay

5 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, March 04 2019 Mar 4, 2019 March 04, 2019 10:45 AM March 04, 2019 in News - AP National

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Thousands of Oakland teachers are back in classrooms after union members voted to approve a contract deal giving them 11 percent raises and a one-time 3 percent bonus.

Oakland Education Association union members approved the deal Sunday and went back to work on Monday.

The agreement must also be ratified by the Oakland Unified School District, which was scheduled to meet Monday.

The agreement was reached after 3,000 teachers went on strike Feb. 21.

That prompted seven days of marathon negotiations over pay, smaller classes and more school resources.

Oakland teachers were the latest educators in the U.S. to strike over pay and classroom conditions.

The union said last Friday that the teachers won their demands.

The city's 86 schools remained open during the strike with administrators and substitutes.

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