SAN FRANCISCO — Several hundred striking Oakland teachers took over the East Bay school district's administration building Friday to protest "stalling" by administrators in contract negotiations.
The action occurred as the strike, which has shut down most public school classes in Oakland, concluded its third week.
A union spokeswoman said 800 teachers--the district put the number at 500--caught administrators by surprise by entering the building at 9:30 a.m. The occupation prevented many district employees from working, both sides said.
All Floors Occupied
All four floors and the basement were occupied at various times during the day, said Kim Reynolds of the Oakland Education Assn. Teachers began leaving the building by mid-afternoon, a district spokeswoman said.
"Basically, we've pulled out and claimed victory," Reynolds said Friday afternoon. "The teachers are sick of the administration's stalling. . . . It was a mad action. It has shaken up the district."