Oregon teachers walk out for better school funding … and get it

nwlaborpress.org - 05-21


More than 20,000 Oregon teachers took part in a one-day walkout May 8 to demand better school funding. Joined by parents and students, they rallied 25,000-strong in Portland, 3,000-strong in Salem, 2,000-strong in Bend, and 1,100-strong in Eugene. Smaller actions were held in Albany, Woodburn, Corvallis, North Bend, Coos Bay, and elsewhere. In Newberg and some Eastern Oregon districts, instead of walkouts teachers held “walk-ins” in which they gathered wearing red t-shirts for a rally before the school day. In at least 25 school districts, schools were closed for all or part of the day. It’s illegal in Oregon for public employees to strike while a collective bargaining agreement is in force, so Oregon Education Association called it a “day of action” not a strike.