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The Latest: Oakland teachers set to start strike Thursday

February 21, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers strike in Oakland, California (all times local):

7 a.m.

Teachers are picketing in Oakland, California ahead of the country’s latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay.

About 40 teachers are walking in a circle outside Oakland Tech High School holding green signs that read “On Strike Against Unfair Labor Practices.”

The teachers are demanding a 12 percent raise and smaller class sizes.

The Oakland Educators Association called for the strike Wednesday after rejecting a proposal from the district for a 7 percent raise over four years and a one-time 1.5 percent bonus.

The walkout expected to start when school bells ring at 8 a.m. will affect 36,000 students at 86 schools.

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12 a.m.

Teachers in Oakland, California, plan to raise picket signs Thursday for the country’s latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay.

The city’s 3,000 teachers are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are among the lowest salaries for public school teachers in the exorbitantly expensive San Francisco Bay Area.

They also want the district to hire more counselors to support students and more full-time nurses.

The walkout is expected to affect 36,000 students at 86 schools.

The Oakland Educators Association called for the strike Wednesday after rejecting a proposal from the district for a 7 percent raise over four years and a one-time 1.5 percent bonus.