Bargaining Updates

A Message from the YCTA Bargaining Team-Thursday(8/18) Rally and Tuesday(8/23) Board Meeting

posted Aug 18, 2016, 5:49 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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 us in a strike action.  Community support is vital if a strike is necessary.  The rally Thursday, and the attendance at the Board meeting next Tuesday is to solicit community support, and to recognize those members of the community who have stepped forward to advocate for quality education for their children and to recognize their courage to enter this contentious time in YCUSD.  We know some of you want to strike now, or yesterday! But there are considerations we must take into account.  We do not strike to thumb our nose at the District, we do not strike because we cannot stand this anymore.  We strike because it is our legal right, and because it has become apparent that it is the only thing that will move an employer that has resorted to the disrespect, the misinformation campaign, and the downright ugliness that YCUSD has become.  Plan on attending the rally at Gray Ave. and Highway 20 on August 18 from 4:30-5:30 and the Board meeting on August 23, to support community members who choose to confront the Board.




Steve Jennings

Social Science Teacher, YCHS

YCTA Bargaining Chairperson

Facts Found

posted Aug 17, 2016, 6:29 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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
            Signs of the support around town
            Articles in the Appeal Democrat

YCUSD is failing in the competition for great teachers.

This District failed again …(5/19)

posted May 22, 2016, 11:42 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association



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 avoided negotiating in the face of a looming teacher shortage?  Reaching no agreement before the summer break is an extreme disservice to our students and community as this District will need to fill many vacant positions. 

With double digit discrepancy between our average salaries and the state average, how will this district compete in a tight market?  This District is unwilling to invest in teachers and students and instead remains committed to spewing negative rhetoric towards their own employees, who are working every day to serve the children of our community.  

We thank you for your on-going support.  It was great to see you on the corners this morning.

Your YCTA Bargaining Team
Steve Jennings
Derial McCaw
Cindy Marek
Shelley Priddy
David Satterlie

A brief update from YCTA Bargaining Team (3/3)

posted Mar 6, 2016, 8:54 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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 compensation.  And, they revised their previous proposal from “ the work day will be 7 ½ hours” to  add the words “no less than 7 ½  hours.”  The District did not sunshine this issue, and it is therefore not a legal subject of bargaining.  This is not the only issue that they did not properly sunshine. Nevertheless, they continue to attempt to engage us about them.

 

Bottom line:  On January 27, 2016, the District reported the value of their compensation as 3.5% (2% for the salary increase for the few, 1% for next year and 0.5% for the extra day - June 6) on January 27, 2016.  Today, they placed the same value on their compensation proposal. 

 

The Bargaining Team has left for the night at about 6PM.  We will meet again tomorrow to plan our next steps.  Watch for an email shortly after.  You expect more details to follow.  The Bargaining was at all three Starbucks standing along side our YCTA members in the rain.  We thank you for your support this morning, as always. 

 

Your YCTA Bargaining Team

Steve Jennings, Cindy Marek, Derial McCaw, Shelley Priddy, and  David Satterlie

An update from YCTA Bargaining and Executive Boards 2/6/2016

posted Feb 6, 2016, 10:01 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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 be certified to impasse at this time.  PERB indicated we may refile for impasse after meeting with the District if we believe we remain at impasse.  YCTA will return to the table at the direction of PERB to review the District’s proposal. YCTA remains committed to bargaining with YCUSD in good faith to reach a settlement that makes progress toward competitive salaries that attract and retain quality teachers.

Our unity and support in the community will move us forward.  We will continue to talk and organize.  We will gather at the corners of Highway 99 and Barry on Tuesday, February 23 beginning at 4:45PM. We will then march into the Board meeting.  We have some speakers from our community among others.  We need to gather our supporters together again.

Our next negotiations session was scheduled for March 3, although YCTA indicated a willingness on Friday to meet sooner including on Friday afternoon since our team was already assembled on this previously scheduled negotiations date.  

Our continued organizing and unity will move us forward.  We will continue to advocate for competitive salaries.  Salaries 13.4% below the state average do not allow YCUSD to compete for the best employees

YCTA declares IMPASSE to move negotiations forward 1/27/15

posted Jan 27, 2016, 10:13 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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, even though the YCTA Bargaining Team approaches this as a constructive process, it has become apparent that we have reached an impasse.   Even when we declare impasse and believe we can only make progress with an outside mediator to help address our differences, the District disagrees with us.  Instead they want to spend more time talking at us to convince us to accept their reasoning.  We believe that we will only be able to make progress with the assistance of an outside mediator. 


The support and unity of our membership has strengthened everyone’s resolve to stand up for respect.  Rough estimates of last night’s crowd put the number over 700.  Not only did we recognize many familiar faces, but also many people we had not seen before; there were students and their parents, community members, and business owners.  The energy and support was palpable.  We will move that energy forward to use the impasse process to secure a fair agreement that values and respects our work in the District.


Solidifying our decision to go to impasse the District did present one more package proposal after lunch.  The package proposal included: 

  • ·         NO salary increases for any existing cell on our current salary schedule.
  • ·         New cells for BA+75 (steps 1-28), BA+60 (step 1 & 2), BA+45 (step 1).  Only these added cells would result in any salary increase for our members.
  • ·         An increase to our work day of 30 minutes every day.  This represents a 7.14% increase in work time without any increase in compensation.
  • ·         An additional 40 hours of collaboration for 16/17 and 17/18 and two more years if the district wants it to continue - a 3.1% increase in time - for which they offered a 1% salary increase. 
  • ·         One mandatory professional development day on Monday, June 6, 2016 (Monday after school gets out) would be added.  Compensation would be paid at the full daily rate (0.55%).
  • ·         Looming pay cuts for BA+60 step 13 would be delayed until June 30, 2018.  Their pay would revert to year 13 if they do not secure enough units to move over to BA+75.

 

We look forward to the continued support of our membership and community as we move forward.   Our unity and visible demonstrations of support will ultimately move us to a fair resolution.

 

 

How did we get to impasse?  Summary of bargaining prior to January 27, 2016

 

1.      In spring 2015, YCTA made proposals to add professional development and collaboration time within the work year and workday. This would have avoided pulling teachers away from students and replacing them with substitute teachers.  The District failed to negotiate with us to provide that time.

2.      YCTA initial proposal (9/11/15) – YCTA proposed a 15% salary increase as a starting point to address the gap in our average salary compared to statewide average.  Based upon data available in September, our average salaries were 15% behind state average.

3.      There was a bargaining session on 10/13/15.  District failed to bring any proposal to respond to our initial proposal. 

4.      YCUSD initial proposal (10/30/15) – 1% increase for 15/16 (despite a 17% revenue increase) and a 1% for 16/17 (neither side opened 16/17) along with 40 hours of added work time in the form of collaboration on minimum days.  This proposal increased our work time by more than 3%.  Thus, the net effect a decrease in compensation.

5.      YCTA counterproposal (11/5/15) reduced our initial proposal to 13% in the interest of constructive negotiations and progress towards a compromise.  Later data, not available until 12/16/15, shows that our average salaries are now 13.4% behind state average.

6.      YCUSD counterproposal (12/9/15) to slash the salaries of hundreds of long-term employees as well as an even greater increase in hours compared to their first proposal.  The cost of their second proposal was roughly the same as their first proposal and asked for even longer hours than their first.  The District effectively made NO progress in their second proposal. 

We are YCTA.  

In Unity, 
Your YCTA Bargaining Team and Exec Bd.

The District to YCTA: “There will be winners and losers.” 12/10/2015

posted Jan 25, 2016, 8:13 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

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 slashing the salaries of up to 330 people, YCUSD proposed increasing our work day by 30 minutes (90 hours per year roughly a 7% increase in hours).  On top of that, their proposal included 40 additional hours of collaboration time for next year with no increase in compensation for those hours. This actually makes all of us “losers.” 


It has been our intent to engage in constructive negotiations that address the fact that YCUSD needs a salary schedule that attracts and retains the best educators.  YCTA’s last proposal included a column for BA+75, recognized the experience and value of all employees, and caused no harm to any unit member. If the District had recognized and engaged in constructive negotiations that respected our members, there would be no “losers.”


We have much more information to share.  We need to meet in person.  Come to the AK Gym on Walton on Monday Dec. 14.  At 3:45PM our Bargaining Team and Organizing Team will address the YCTA Bargaining Unit. 

 

See you Monday,

YCTA Exec Bd, Bargaining Team and Organizing Team

Bargaining Update November 5, 2015

posted Jan 25, 2016, 8:12 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Your support on November 3 was amazing! It is the only thing that will move our negotiations forward.


Today YCTA responded to the District’s pay cut offered last week.  Neither side opened for 16/17, so YCTA did not respond to the District’s proposal for 16/17.  YCTA did modify our 15/16 proposal for the Teacher’s Salary Schedule to add a sixth column (BA+75).  We reduced our overall salary schedule increase to 13% but added an additional 3% to the extra column (BA+75).   YCTA has adjusted our proposal to make progress.  We did not alter our previous proposal for the Psychologists Salary Schedule.  YCTA proposed a 1.15 multiplier for special education teachers and speech and language pathologists to address the mandates of IDEA.


YCTA continued to address our concerns about assignment language (Article 2).  We are attempting to delineate the practices of good administrators in making assignments and make that contract language to guide all administrators.  The District listened to our interests in this area.


YCTA asserted the Contractual provision to provide support providers to teachers with emergency credentials, just like we assign for BTSA.   YCTA continues to ask the District why NOT?  We have filed the grievance and will pursue it until our members have the support that we bargained on their behalf. 


Our next bargaining date is December 9.  Given that we have not yet reached an agreement, the YCTA Organizing Team has scheduled another rally and board meeting presentation on December 8.   See you then.


In solidarity,

Your YCTA Bargaining Team

Derial McCaw

Cindy Marek

David Satterlie

Shelley Priddy

Steve Jennings

Bargaining Update October 30, 2015---District Offers Pay Cut!

posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:16 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association



​District Offers Pay Cut!

  • ​The District’s revenue increased 17% for the 15/16 year.
  • The State of California projects additional increase in funding for the 16/17 school year.
  • On 9/11 YCTA proposed a 15% pay increase to make progress towards competitive salaries to attract and retain highly qualified educators and teachers.
  • On 10/13 YCUSD brought nothing to the table in response to our proposal.
  • Today YCUSD presented a package with a 1% salary increase for 15/16 and a 1% salary increase for 16/17. (Neither side has opened 16/17)
  • The package proposal included an additional 40 hours of work time for collaboration in 16/17 and beyond.
  • The additional 40 hours is equal to 3.14 % on the Teacher’s Salary Schedule.
  • In addition, they significantly increased instructional minutes for 16 /17 and beyond.

 

The District’s proposal represents the equivalent of at least 1.14% pay cut for all YCTA unit members.

 

Your Bargaining Team needs you to show up Nov. 3rd at 5:15 PM and stay for the brief presentation to the Board at 5:30 PM.


The Bargaining Team appreciates your support.  We look forward to seeing you Tuesday.


Thank you,

David Satterlie

Cindy Marek

Derial McCaw

Shelley Priddy

Steve Jennings

Your bargaining team met with the District on October 13.

posted Oct 14, 2015, 2:56 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

We expected a response today to our comprehensive proposal to address all issues in our sunshine proposal.  Not only did they not bring a proposal, they attempted to engage us in a discussion without any proposal on the table from them.  They felt that once we understood that there were other priorities for the money we would reduce our proposal.  We did not reduce our proposal and informed the district that we expect the district to bargain with us and bring forth a proposal.

The district stated that if they met our salary proposal they would go bankrupt.  Our proposal would not bankrupt the district.   The Facts:  We proposed a 15% salary increase since we are 15% behind the state average, according to the data from the California Department of Education. The cost is approximately $7.9 Million, which represents 7.3% of their LCFF revenue. Their LCFF revenue increased by 17%.  They have the money, if they choose to value us.  The data is clear.  YCUSD has a problem attracting and retaining teachers.  Comparable salaries should be a much higher priority for them.

Our next scheduled bargaining date is either 10/29 or 10/30.  We appreciate the tremendous support of our members.  Thank you.  Our next opportunity to show the Board that it is time to value and respect us is November 3 at 5:00 pm. YCTA will gather together before the closed session of the Board. We hope to see you there!

 As always, thank you for your support.


Derial McCaw, Cindy Marek, Shelley Priddy, Dave Satterlie, Steve Jennings

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