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Oakland Unified School District

Labor & Employee Relations

The Office of Labor Management and Employee Relations (LMER) has some great things in store and we are hoping to provide you with additional resources, ongoing support, or whatever you should need. We are committed to serving our staff and families and cultivating a work environment in OUSD that ensures that every student thrives.

The LMER office collaborates with our labor partners in the development and negotiation of collectively bargained agreements. We also provide support and facilitate all District school sites and departments in their partnership with our labor unions and union leadership.  

Our team partners with six (6) bargaining units representing approximately 86% of all District employees:

AFSCMEAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

BCTCBuilding and Construction Trades Council

OEAOakland Education Association

SEIUService Employees International Union


UAOSUnited Administrators Oakland Schools

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to employees, school communities, and District leadership in furtherance of OUSD’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan.

Our Vision

All OUSD students will find joy in their academic experience while graduating with the skills to ensure they are caring, competent, fully-informed, critical thinkers who are prepared for college, career, and community success.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The LMER Office also leads the work of employee related alternative dispute resolution. This includes investigating and responding to complaints, including those filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Department of Labor and Fair Standards.

As you know, we are entering another season of contract negotiations with our teachers' union, OEA. Your input, ideas, thoughts and feedback are important to us. You will have opportunities to weigh in throughout the year, but here’s the first opportunity to do so. Submit your ideas for initial proposals here.

We hope that you have a wonderful start to the school year and remember that we are just one email/call away!

Contact Us

1011 Union Street
Oakland, CA  94607

Operating Hours

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Phone: (510) 879-4048

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OUSD Labor Contracts

Pay Increases - 2022

April 27, 2022

As stated previously in this message, staff whose labor unions have completed negotiations with the District are receiving pay increases and one-time payments. Please see the letters below that correspond with various union or employee groups for details about this increase in compensation.