NAACP Tries to Break Oakland Teacher’s Strike – Florida Unions Sue to Stop DeSantis “Paycheck Protection” Bill – Rail Strike Shuts Down Weekend Vacations in the UK 

Oakland Unified School District teachers, parents and students rally outside Glenview Elementary in Oakland on May 11, 2023, during a teacher strike. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

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NAACP Tries to Break Oakland Teacher’s Strike 

In Oakland, more than 3,000 teachers have been on strike for more than a week. 

This week, high-stakes standardized testing is occurring in Oakland, and city officials have been arguing that the strike could interfere with funding formulas. Now, the local NAACP is calling on the teachers’ union to end the strike.

“We strongly urge the OEA to reconsider its decision to continue to strike at such a critical time in the school year,” Oakland NAACP President Cynthia Adams said in a statement. “As an educator in OUSD for over 35 years, I have seen the devastating effects of learning disruption on our students. Currently, students are taking exams, preparing for college and other important activities and need the support of their teachers and community to finish their school year strong.”

Many parents, though, have continued to get the back of the union. 

“‘It’s really tough having kids home, and having our routine change,’ Sarah Wright-Schreiberg, a mother of three children at Thornhill Elementary told the Mercury News. ‘But the fact that it’s hard should be a reminder to parents of how vital these teachers are in our lives.'” 

For more, check out the Mercury News.

Florida Unions Sue to Stop DeSantis “Paycheck Protection” Bill 

In Florida, educators are suing in federal court to stop the implementation of SB256, which strips unions of their right to collect dues automatically from public employees’ paychecks.

The educators argue that the law violates already existing and binding collective agreements. Additionally, they argue that the law violates the 1st amendment’s freedom of association provisions since Florida allows public employees to have wages automatically deducted from their paychecks to help charitable organizations. 

The Florida Education Association is arguing in court that SB256 was based in retaliation for teachers’ activism against the right-wing policies of Governor DeSantis. 

“We, as educators in Florida, exercise our constitutional rights, and for doing so we have faced political retribution by the governor of this great state,” said FEA President Andrew Spar. “Gov. DeSantis has made it clear that he is targeting educators because we exercise our constitutional right to speak out against attempts by this governor and others to stymie the freedom to learn and to stifle freedom of thought.”

For more, check out the entire lawsuit here. 

Rail Strike Shuts Down Weekend Vacations in the UK 

In the United Kingdom, two different unions in the UK, Aslef and RMT, go out on 24-hour strikes on back-to-back days. The strikes will effectively cripple most of the commuter and passenger services throughout the country. 

The strikes are part of a roving series since last fall as the conservative government of the United Kingdom demands concessions from railroad workers. 

The railroad workers union, Aslef, says that the roving strikes will continue until the government makes reasonable progress at the bargaining table. 

“We’ve neither had hide nor hair from the government that are meant to be facilitating and aiding these talks,” general secretary of Aslef, Mick Whelan told the Guardian. “They talk a good game, they don’t actually engage; they haven’t taken any ownership of this process as far as we’re concerned.”

For more, check out the Guardian. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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