Bargaining Update (4/1)

posted Apr 22, 2015, 7:37 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Your bargaining team met with the District on March 27.

 Here’s what we accomplished: 

We have a calendar for next year!  For schools on the traditional school year calendar, the first day of school for students for 2015 – 2016 will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  For Albert Powell and Alternative School, the first student attendance day will be August 6, 2015.  We also reached agreement on the counselor work year for counselors whose duty it is to schedule students during the summer.

We originally proposed two professional days built into the calendar (9/25 and 4/24), however the district was unwilling to negotiate these “Buy-Back Days” until after the Governor’s May Revise. These days would have mandated a start date of 8/7.    Since we could not assure that the two days would be compensated and used for professional development, we modified our proposal to include only one possible day (9/25).

Our agreement on the three pre-service days is very similar to this year’s: the Monday and Tuesday before schools starts, and a floating day the week prior to school starting, or during the last week of winter break.  Administration is limited to the use of no more than seven hours during the pre-service days. The signed calendar and pre-service agreement are attached. We will ratify them on April 28.

Here’s what we discussed:

The District has approached us with their interest in offering “signing bonuses” for “hard-to-hire” positions (special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, nurses and math teachers).  YCTA’s position is that signing bonuses must be negotiated as a part of compensation.  Our belief is that signing bonuses are a short term solution to the long term problem of average salaries still 15% below the state average.  A competitive salary is the solution to attracting and retaining highly qualified professionals.

We repeated our interest in regular collaboration time during the workday for next year that would make the need for “Contract Waiver” discussions at school sites unnecessary. Despite the fact that both sides share an interest in this, the District is unwilling to negotiate this effective tool for student success until the governor’s revised budget comes out in mid-May.  We would expect that since it is a mutual interest, we should be able to negotiate an agreement that provides compensated collaboration time throughout the district.