"Emergency Temporary Teachers needed in Oakland."
The Oakland Unified School District posted a listing on Craigslist Wednesday as it prepares for a possible teachers strike.
Oakland Education Association union members overwhelmingly voted earlier this week to organize a strike because they have been working without a contract for 18 months.
To prepare for the strike, the OUSD is seeking temporary teachers by posting a wanted listing on Craigslist under the "jobs > education/teaching" section of the classified website, school district spokesperson John Sasaki confirmed.
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"The District now seeks qualified emergency temporary teachers in the event of a Job Action or Strike by the teachers union in order to avoid disruption of learning in Oakland schools," the listing read. Sasaki didn't provide other comments.
The minimum requirement for the positions is a Bachelor's Degree. The pay is $300 per day.
Certified teachers with at least Bachelor's Degree at OUSD typically start out making $46,570.26 their first year, according to the district's data from 2017, and the daily rate for substitute teachers is $138.34.
Dozens of OEA teachers rallied in the rain Saturday in response to the school district's attempt to hire scabs.
"It's kind of hypocritical that they're offering double the salary of our daily subs," vice president of the OEA Ismael Armendariz said. "It's disrespectful."
The job listing also said the district will cover the costs of Fingerprint Clearance, Tuberculosis Screening and California Educator Credentialing Examinations Waiver — which the district doesn't normally do, Armendariz said.
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He said the union doesn't have a strike date as they're waiting on a report from a state-appointed fact-finder on the facts surrounding the contract dispute.
The district will have to scramble to replace or do without 3,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians, speech pathologists and social workers if the union goes on strike.