State Labor Board Rejects Yuba City USD’s Bid

to Bar Teachers from Striking for Fair Pay


Teachers Continue Fight to Attract and
Retain Teachers for Yuba City Students


YUBA CITY – Earlier today the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) refused the Yuba City Unified School District’s (YCUSD) attempt to deny teachers’ the right to strike. YCUSD last week filed papers asking that PERB seek an injunction barring the Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) from going on strike. The district wasted no time in widely publicizing its filing, in what teachers say is yet another act of intimidation.

“In trying to strip teachers of their legal right to strike, the district was asking PERB to put its thumb on the bargaining scale, tipping it in favor of the district. We’re grateful but not surprised that PERB saw through this ploy and rejected the district’s request. This correct decision makes it clear that YCUSD must stop treating teachers like tall children,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “We hope the district will work with the union as an equal partner to settle this contract.”

Bargaining has been contentious between the teachers and the financially healthy Yuba City Unified School District. Teachers say they are concerned about attracting and retaining quality, qualified educators because so many staff are leaving for neighboring districts that offer better compensation packages. School started this year with 40 unfilled positions after 53 teachers resigned and 17 retired at the end of the school year.  The district has filled at least 10 positions by hiring interns, and teachers are concerned about the number of classrooms that will not have fully credentialed teachers.

“Teacher turnover hurts kids, so this contract must help this district attract and retain quality people for our students,” said Luetgens. “There is no more important expenditure than investing in a stable and highly qualified team of teachers to work directly with our students.”

Teachers voted overwhelmingly in May to authorize YCTA’s executive board to call a strike in the event a contract settlement is not reached.

“We are prepared to make this sacrifice for our students and our community,” she said. “We don’t want to strike, but we will for our students, our schools and our community.




Bargaining Announcements

  • A Message from the YCTA Bargaining Team-Thursday(8/18) Rally and Tuesday(8/23) Board Meeting Your YCTA Bargaining Team sends this message with both a sense of urgency and empathy for your frustration regarding recent District actions.  Let’s be clear-a strike by YCTA is imminent.  But, as always, the YCTA Executive Board and the YCTA Bargaining Team, with the assistance and advice of the top people at CTA, have developed a comprehensive plan to employ a strike if it is needed as the method to resolve Bargaining for 2015-2016.  As a bargaining team, we realize you do not necessarily see the importance of another rally, another appearance at a Board meeting. But our request this time to do so is based on the fact that we are asking the community to support ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2016, 5:49 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • Facts Found Excerpts from YCTA's binder presented on June 29, 2016YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining great teachers.             An analysis of resignations and vacanciesYCUSD acknowledges they have the ability to pay.            An analysis of District financial positionYCTA and the community has urged YCUSD to solve the problem.            A retrospective on YCTA events            Signs of the support around town            Letters to the Editor retrospective            Articles in the Appeal DemocratYCUSD is failing in the competition for great teachers.            An analysis of local districts shows YCUSD at or near the bottom            An analysis of similar districts state-wide shows YCUSD at or near the bottom
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 6:29 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • This District failed again …(5/19) Mediation ended with no agreement.  We expect to be released to fact finding. Despite the overwhelming support shown by the community and our membership, this District and School Board have failed to make any progress.  Despite the growing number of vacancies and resignations, this District has failed to make progress towards competitive salaries.Without competitive salaries and a climate of respect, this District will NOT be able to fill the growing number of vacant positions.  The number of classrooms of students without credentialed teachers will grow.  The number of vacant psychologist, nurse and speech and language pathologist positions will grow.  This will have long term consequences.Why has this District so deliberately dragged out the negotiations process and so deliberately ...
    Posted May 22, 2016, 11:42 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • A brief update from YCTA Bargaining Team (3/3) YCTA and YCUSD met again today(3/3).  The District’s proposal remained essentially the same.  When asked to describe the improvements in compensation over the last proposal, the District responded that they had agreed to an additional new teacher workday for 16/17, a potential retirement incentive, and a counselor work year for 16/17 following the side letter for the past several years.  Otherwise, the compensation offer continues to be no salary increase, except for those folks with 75 units beyond a BA and the SLPs.  At the same time, the District is still proposing a 3% increase to our work year (the same 120 minutes x 20 days for 16/17) for the same 1% raise in ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 8:54 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • An update from YCTA Bargaining and Executive Boards 2/6/2016 On Friday, February 5, the YCTA Exec Bd. and Bargaining Team met all day to prepare for impasse negotiations and activities to support bargaining.  YCTA remains committed to making progress toward competitive salaries that value and respect our work.On Thursday, January 28, YCTA filed for impasse with PERB to get the help of a third party mediator. YCUSD contested YCTA’s position that we are at impasse.  After our declaration of impasse, the YCUSD Board held a special closed session meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  The District told PERB that they have another proposal for us to consider.  YCTA was notified by PERB Friday afternoon that since the District had another proposal for our consideration, we would not ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2016, 10:01 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
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Recent Announcements

  • Remind Remind is a service that YCTA has chosen to use. It is a free mass communications service that allows text messaging from YCTA leadership to it's members. If you have not received an email or text message inviting you to join and create an account please follow the link below. When you sign up insure that you have added a phone number that can receive text messages.YCTA Member Remind Sign-Up
    Posted Aug 20, 2016, 8:53 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • Statement of Support Please take a minute and fill-in this statement of support HERE
    Posted Aug 20, 2016, 8:41 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • Help Wanted - Please take the quick questionnaire in your personal email.
    Posted Aug 22, 2016, 3:29 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • P.E.R.B. Denies Injunction 8/17/2016 Hello YCTA,Read our press release.  The Appeal Democrat reporter is struggling to follow the legal maneuvers. But he did not get the story quite right.  Watch for update on non-school. Good night,DinaState Labor Board Rejects Yuba City USD’s Bidto Bar Teachers from Striking for Fair PayTeachers Continue Fight to Attract andRetain Teachers for Yuba City StudentsYUBA CITY – Earlier today the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) refused the Yuba City Unified School District’s (YCUSD) attempt to deny teachers’ the right to strike. YCUSD last week filed papers asking that PERB seek an injunction barring the Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) from going on strike. The district wasted no time in widely ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 6:25 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • First day of school - not like any other day 8/11/2016 Hello YCTAThis morning.I passed out some fliers, engaged in conversations with a few parents, and welcomed kids as their parents dropped them off at school.  The kids are excited to be back and the parents are happy to see us, respect us and want to support us.  I am feeling good.  I hope you are as well.  Please read  on....The night before...Struggling with this first day of school.  Marginalized and degraded by employer.  Tired.  Emotionally drained leaving campus without a key. Angry.  Sad.  But then... remember we love kids. We care for and about the kids of Yuba City.  Seeing the kids tomorrow will put this in perspective.  Our students and parents - they will bring back ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 6:22 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
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Archived Blue Fliers

  • May 2016 May 5thMay 12thMay 19thMay 26thClick HereClick HereClick HereClick Here
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 3:15 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • April 2016 April 7thApril 14th April 21st April 28th Click HereClick HereClick HereClick Here
    Posted May 9, 2016, 2:53 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • March 2016 March 3rd March 10th March 17th March 24th Click Here Click Here Click HereClick Here
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 5:07 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
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