Teacher strike

Oakland teachers begin strike over wages

Teachers and students hold signs as they protest during a one-day strike outside of Oakland High School April 29, 2010 in Oakland, California.
Teachers and students hold signs as they protest during a one-day strike outside of Oakland High School in 2010 in Oakland, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Teachers in Oakland began a strike Thursday morning, joining Los Angeles and Denver among major U.S. cities that have seen teachers' strikes in recent months, reports the East Bay Times.

The big picture: The teachers are demanding a 12% raise over the next 3 years, citing the Bay Area's sky-high cost of living, and rejected Oakland Unified School District's last offer of an 8.5% raise over 4 years. The district argues that it simply can't meet the teachers' salary demand as it already faces a budget shortfall of more than $50 million by the 2020-2021 school year.

Go deeper: No end in sight for nationwide wave of teacher strikes

No end in sight for nationwide wave of teacher strikes

Striking teachers marching in LA
Striking public school teachers and their supporters, Jan. 21, Los Angeles. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

In the past year, teachers across the country have initiated a sustained protest movement, challenging school districts and elected officials to allocate funds for increased salaries, benefits and resources to meet the needs of students.

The state of play: The string of walkouts, introduced by West Virginia educators who led a 9-day strike in February 2018, shows no signs of slowing or stopping. Already this year, there have been strikes in Los Angeles and Denver that have resulted in school district concessions. West Virginia teachers led a second statewide action Tuesday, and a similar picket line is expected to form in Oakland beginning Thursday.

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