Excerpts from YCTA's binder presented on June 29, 2016

YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining great teachers. 

YCUSD acknowledges they have the ability to pay.

YCTA and the community has urged YCUSD to solve the problem.
            A retrospective on YCTA events

YCUSD is failing in the competition for great teachers.

Bargaining Announcements

  • 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
  • YCTA declares IMPASSE to move negotiations forward 1/27/15 Collective Bargaining is designed to be a collaborative, constructive process.  The laws that give public school employees the right to negotiate hours, compensation, and conditions of employment give a voice to employees, which they often did not have before this legal right was afforded.  When YCTA engages in collective bargaining with YCUSD, we seek to collaboratively solve problems and bring about constructive change.  We have presented the District with the most immediate problem: competitive salaries that attract and retain the best employees for our students and community.Despite YCTA’s continuing commitment to constructive, effective negotiations, this round of bargaining has become destructive.   Not only has the District failed to make any progress, they have insulted and disrespected us.   So ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 10:13 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • The District to YCTA: “There will be winners and losers.” 12/10/2015 The District to YCTA: “There will be winners and losers.” The District proposed implementing Marysville’s salary schedule without any provision to gradually ease into the BA+75 column, resulting in up to 330 immediate “losers.”  All anniversary increments would be slashed for everyone who does not have at least 75 units beyond their BA.  Many of our members with 16 or more years of experience would face up to a $10,000 per year immediate pay cut. These are our colleagues who devoted their lives and careers to YCUSD and the students of Yuba City. These are our colleagues who took significant pay cuts in the tough years to help out the district and newer teachers. In addition to ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 8:13 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
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Recent Announcements

  • YCTA - Fact Finding is complete, but that does NOT mean facts were reported Hello YCTA,Some time before noon today, YCUSD posted the Fact Finding Report on their website before YCTA even received our copy.  Regrettably the report by the neutral does not reflect the data presented at the hearing and cites no evidence to support the chair’s advisory recommendation.  Some of the data YCTA presented is cited in the dissent portion of the complete report.  YCTA built a strong case demonstrating that YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining teachers and can afford to make improvements to the salary schedule to provide competitive salaries.YCTA has demonstrated our willingness to compromise, but also an unwavering commitment to make progress towards competitive salaries to address the immediate impact and long term consequences ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2016, 8:32 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • Data Analysis to address, "Does YCUSD have a problem attracting and retaining teachers?"   Does YCUSD have a problem attracting and retaining great teachers and other educators  for our students, schools and community?   “Research consistently shows that teacher quality is one of the most important variables for student success and that teachers with stronger qualifications (academic ability, strong content knowledge, full preparation before entry, certification in the field taught, and experience) produce higher student achievement.”   ~ Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education - Research Brief, December 2011    Research has shown that teachers have the highest educational influence.  Districts must attract and retain the best educators in order to increase and improve services for pupils. Multiple research reports verify the importance of salary and working conditions as they relate to attracting and retaining the best teachers ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2016, 9:52 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • YCTA: We have a legally protected right to participate in a strike ... There is a buzz.  Social media spreads news fast.  You may have seen this...Yes.  The YCUSD Board approved this resolution.  The  resolution is misleading and appears to a scare tactic to discourage our members and the community.  YCTA has engaged in legal activities to advocate for our members, our students, and our community including gathering on the sidewalks around our schools to engage in informational picketing.  If at the completion of the bargaining process no agreement has been reached, YCTA may engage in a legally protected activity - a strike.  A strike is legally protected activity after the completion of fact finding. Please refer to your strike Q&A from our site visits.  During a strike, YCTA members will not ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 6:31 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • May 31 at 6PM Provide input on LCAP spending priorities. Invite the community. Did you know districts are required to get significant and meaningful input from all the stakeholders and the community to develop their LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)? The plan directs spending for the supplemental and concentration grant money.  And Districts may use that money for salary increases to attract and retain.  Read the excerpt from Torlakson's letter for this requirement.How has YCUSD gathered data?  Were there any opportunities for our community at large?  Here is the response.Hi Dina,There was a meeting on February 17 through AVID parent meeting; May 2 DELAC; May 17 Title I/Foster Youth.  There will be an LCAP Advisory meeting on May 31st.  I was going to be sending you an email ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 6:28 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association
  • YCTA: 20% pay raise - That's how you retain high quality personnel Tonight (5/24) at the YCUSD Board meeting the YCUSD Board took unanimous action to retain the services of Mr. Robert Shemwell.  Mr. Shemwell has been the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for about two year and will become the Deputy Superintendent.  Board members remarked on the importance of retaining personnel in the position responsible for finance.Mr. Shemwell's salary for 15/16 was $153,938 plus $1500 for a masters and $1080.  Tonight in recognition of the importance of salary to attract and retain, the YCUSD Board acted to increase his salary to $185,000 with a 5% increase each of the following two years (ultimately raising his salary to roughly $204,000 after two years).  Wow.  That ...
    Posted May 25, 2016, 8:23 AM 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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