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Meet YCTA's Recommended Candidates

posted Oct 17, 2016, 9:33 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 9:15 PM ]

Meet the Candidates: See what they had to say in regards to the following questions.

What would you like the voters to know about you?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock

What connections to this community and education made you want to become a school board trustee?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock

What is your vision for the changes you can make in our district?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock

What qualities should be valued in a quality superintendent?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock

How would you measure the success of a superintendent?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock

When making decisions, how will you incorporate the community's view?/
How do you plan to communicate with the community?
Julie Ann Jackson
Sean Fetters
Brett Hancock / Brett Hancock





Yuba City Teachers Association Announces Recommended Candidates for Yuba City School Board Election

posted Oct 17, 2016, 9:01 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Oct 17, 2016, 9:35 AM ]



YCTA Sees Change to School Board Necessary to Restore
Board Integrity and Support for Yuba City Students and the Community

 

For a better future in their district, the Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) has recommended local education advocates Sean Fetters, Brett Hancock and Julie Ann Jackson for the Yuba City Unified School District (YCUSD) School Board. 

The recommendation comes after an extensive interview process, says YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “Unlike the current school board, these candidates are strong advocates for teachers, students and parents. They have pledged to work in collaboration with YCTA, our community and the school district to stand up for students and teachers…and to make sure resources intended for the classroom stay in the classroom.”

Sean Fetters thoroughly understands the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and believes all stakeholders should be consulted when allocating funds for programs, materials and salaries. Fetters attended YCUSD schools and is a teacher at Los Plumas High School in Oroville.

Brett Hancock has vowed to rebuild communication and respect between teachers and the district. He has served on the Barry School Site Council and believes students should be the district’s top priority. Hancock is a police sergeant for the City of Woodland.

Julie Ann Jackson has a working knowledge of school budgets, having served on the school board and the LCAP committee in Woodland. A retired school librarian, she values and respects students and teachers.  Jackson has worked in education for over 30 years.

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The Yuba City Teachers Association is a chapter of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association,
which is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.

Yuba City Teachers Strike Officially Over

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:09 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 8:12 PM ]




Agreement Attracts and Retains Teachers; Offers Respect to Teaching Professionals


 The unanimous approval of the Yuba City School Board Wednesday night, coupled with the 97% yes vote by the Yuba City Teachers Association members last Monday, officially ends the seven-day Yuba City Teachers Strike.

 

While respect was a major issue, the YCTA goal was to attract and retain the best teachers for Yuba City students now, and in the future. In terms of recruiting teachers, the basic tentative agreement is an 11.1% increase over a three-year period. It is broken down in this manner:

·       2015-16 – 2%

·       2016-17 – 3.4% (includes 2 extra days)

·       2017-18 – 5.7% at mid-year if Prop. 55 passes

o   If Prop 55 fails, it’s 4.1%

 

In addition, longevity pay will be permanently placed on the salary schedule, which, hopefully, will encourage experienced teachers to stay in Yuba City.

 

In terms of respect, “we have a written understanding that gives us a seat at the table so our voice on strategic decisions will be heard, especially in how state monies received through the Local Control Funding Formula are spent on programs to improve student achievement,” Luetgens said, adding that teachers received so much more from the community.

 

“We felt the support, love and respect from our parents and community,” she said. “We have stronger relationships and friendships among our members and we have the power and ability to make the voices of our students and our parents heard.”

 

“Is it everything we wanted? No – but it ends this strike and gets us back into our classrooms so we can be with our students,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “This is the best deal we could negotiate. For now. Our teachers are in the classroom. Our students are learning. So, we are in our happy place.”

 

Moving forward, YCTA members and community working toward the November elections. “If anyone wants to be educated on student issues or want suggestions on how to vote in the upcoming elections,” Luetgens noted.  “Ask a teacher.”



Yuba City Tentative Agreement Attracts and Retains Teachers

posted Sep 19, 2016, 10:18 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 8:13 PM ]




Offers Respect to Teaching Professionals


Comments by Yuba City Teachers Association President Dina Luetgens and YCTA Bargaining Team Chair Steve Jennings.

This afternoon the teachers of the Yuba City Teachers Association are voting whether to ratify the tentative agreement reached this morning after an 18-hour marathon session. That tentative agreement officially ends the seven-day teacher strike. 

Is it everything we wanted? No – but it ends this strike and gets us back into our classrooms so we can be with our students. This is the best deal we could negotiate. For now. Our teachers were in the classroom today. So, we are in our happy place. There were lots of hugs to go around.

What did we get? Support, love and respect from our parents and community. Stronger relationships and friendships among our members. The power and ability to make the voices of our students and our parents heard.

What did we get in the contract?
In terms of recruiting teachers, the basic tentative agreement is an 11.1% increase over a three-year period. It is broken down in this manner:

  • 2015-16 – 2%
  • 2016-17 – 3.4% (includes 2 extra days)
  • 2017-18 – 5.7% at mid-year if Prop. 55 passes
    • If Prop 55 fails, it’s 4.1%

In terms of retaining teachers, longevity pay will be permanently placed on the salary schedule, which, hopefully, will encourage experienced teachers to stay in our community. In terms of respect, we have a written understanding that gives us a seat at the table so our voice on strategic decisions will be heard, especially in how state monies received through the Local Control Funding Formula are spent on programs to improve student achievement.

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The Yuba City Teachers Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.


Yuba City Parents, Community to Hold 5:30 p.m. Rally – Up to 2,500 to Tell School Board to Stop Hurting Kids, Settle Contract Fairly and End Strike

posted Sep 16, 2016, 11:28 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association



Mobilizing for Fair Salaries to Halt Teacher Turnover-



The sixth day of their strike finds Yuba City teachers standing strong for students. Teachers are joining parents and community members in a huge rally expected to draw 2,500 people before a showdown at the school board meeting tonight. Teachers will demand a fair and just contract and parents will tell school board members in three languages to settle the contract.

 

Parents will speak in English, Spanish and Punjabi to the school board. Taking direct action, teachers will present school board members with the Yuba City Teachers Association’s solutions for settling the strike and halting an exodus of teachers who leave for better teaching and learning conditions in nearby districts. Read the union concepts here.

 

“Parents are creating a fair atmosphere for a fair contract at this event,” Dina Luetgens, president of the 700-member YCTA, said of the expected outpouring of community support.  “We hope the school board itself will review the concepts that we have proposed. Our students are losing out because the district refused to invest enough in attracting and keeping the best teachers. The district is hoarding millions in state funds instead of investing more in our students.”

 

Educators’ pay ranks low compared to nearby districts. They want a contract that will help attract and retain the absolute best teachers for the district, now and in the future. YCTA sent a proposed solution that works within the school district’s offer of 11.1 percent and asked twice Wednesday and once again today to negotiate. 

 

District delay tactics are prompting parents, community members and teachers to question the real motives of the superintendent and the school board.  “It doesn’t seem they’re interested in settling the impasse. They're not interested in our students. They're not interested in our teachers. What their motive is, we don't know,” said Luetgens.


When: Rally is 5:30 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 15, followed by school board meeting.
Where: Andros Karperos School, 1700 Camino de Flores, Yuba City, 95993.
Who:   Speakers at the rally include parents, community leaders and teachers.  

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The Yuba City Teachers Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.


News Conference Today at 3 p.m.

posted Sep 13, 2016, 4:33 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 4:13 PM ]


Teachers Offer Concepts to Put Students, 

Teachers Back in School-



The Yuba City Teachers held a news conference today at Riverbend School to share the latest concept that could end the four-day teacher strike. YCTA teachers, speech and language pathologists, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and coaches have been on strike since September 8 after reaching impasse over the 2015-16 school year. 

 

Statement by YCTA President Dina Luetgens

We are again submitting innovative and responsible concepts to reach a deal that will help attract and retain great teachers for our students now and in the future. Our concepts are focused on what our students and teachers need.

 

We know and understand that no real education has gone in classrooms while we’ve been out, and that breaks our hearts. We are working hard to meet the YCUSD in the middle.  We believe this compromise resolves the impasse for 2015-16, works within the district’s offer of 11.1% and gets our teachers and students back in the classroom.

 

This is a reasonable and responsible compromise that can put our students back in the classroom tomorrow.

Specifically, this is a two-year deal using the district’s offer of 11.1% without the strings attached.

 

We hope the YCUSD team will accept this concept and help us end this strike.

 YCTA Concept within Districts Parameters


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The Yuba City Teachers Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.


Board Remains Entrenched

posted Sep 13, 2016, 5:38 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 4:14 PM ]


Yuba City School District Admits Board Is Behind Disrespect-



The Yuba City Unified School District does not have the authorization from the Yuba City School Board to be flexible, according to the YCUSD bargaining team.  After a four-hour caucus, the YCUSD team returned to the meeting and ignored the Yuba City Teachers Association’s (YCTA) proposed concepts. Instead, they proposed the same package, reworked, saying that is all the school board authorized. 

This was the first time the YCUSD bargaining team admitted the “school board is behind this mess and that the board has limited the hands of the bargaining team,” YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “They wasted our time.”

 

“Demand the Yuba City School Board members step up,” she said. “Demand they take responsibility. Demand that this contract be settled so we can get back into our classrooms.”

 

The YCUSD concept includes a lot of “ifs” and extra hours, Luetgens noted. 

 

Board’s “Concept” for Settlement

Year      Ongoing Salary                              Ifs & Extra Hours

15/16    +2% on salary schedule                -2% on the salary schedule (YCUSD takes back the 2%)

 

  16/17    +3.65                                               +1.15% - can be eliminated at any time +

more days for collaboration (asking 5% more time)

 

  17/18    +0.9% if Prop 55 fails      or          +2.4% if Prop 55 passes

              +1.65% plus 3 extra work days

 

“This is like saying we’re increasing your hourly wage, but now an hour is 80 minutes,” she said.

 

Luetgens said teachers continued to press for a salary schedule that will attract and retain the best teachers to the district and that the school district can afford the YCTA concept.  To address the fact that YCUSD teacher salaries are 13% below the statewide average in 2015 – 2016, YCTA presented the following multi-year concept:

  • 4% for 2015-2016
  • 7% for 2016-2017, and
  • 4% for 2017-2018.

 

YCTA members, teachers, speech and language pathologists, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and coaches will be back on strike Tuesday morning.  They went on strike September 8 after failing to reach an agreement with YCUSD on the 2015-16 school year, the year for which the impasse was declared.  “We didn’t want to strike, but we are for our students,” Luetgens said.

 

Find the YCTA proposed concepts at ycta.net under the “Beliefs & Facts” tab.


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The Yuba City Teachers Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.


Yuba City Teachers Share Concepts to End Strike -- Still Waiting for the District’s Response

posted Sep 11, 2016, 7:16 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 5:35 AM ]


Teachers Will Be Back on the Picket Lines Tomorrow



he Yuba City Teachers Association bargaining team released the concepts shared with officials from the Yuba City Unified School District.

YCTA presented the district with a concept that would resolve the 2015-2016 impasse. This concept also addresses bridging the gap of the statewide average and neighboring school district’s teacher salaries to meet the needs of our students and community by attracting and retaining the best teachers for Yuba City, now and in the future. 

The district repeatedly expressed an interest in a multi-year resolution. To address the fact that YCUSD teacher salaries are 13% below the statewide average in 2015 – 2016, YCTA presented the following multi-year concept:

  •    4% for 2015-2016,
  •    7% for 2016-2017, and
  •    4% for 2017-2018.

This concept also addresses the issue of YCUSD salaries falling further behind those of neighboring districts, which have already settled contracts for 2015-16. Other innovative concepts included collaboration time between teachers, professional development to improve practice in the classroom and strategies to strengthen the collaboration between teachers and parents. Also discussed: eliminating language that hurts teachers and students.

The YCTA team was willing to stay all night and reach agreement.  The district’s team broke off talks. Following the 16-hour meeting, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Deputy Superintendent Doreen Osumi indicated she would contact YCTA later in the day.  As of this evening, nearly 16 hours later (7:00 p.m.), YCTA has received no communication from the district whatsoever.

YCTA remains firmly committed to attracting and retaining the best teachers, nurses, speech pathologists, psychologists, counselors, and coaches for our students and our community, by providing competitive salaries. Yuba City teachers will be back on picket lines Monday. 

YCTA appreciated efforts by the Yuba City Mayor, John Buckland, to bring the parties together in an attempt to reach a fair and reasonable settlement. The district’s administrative team consisted of the next superintendent, Doreen Osumi, the YCUSD attorney, Kim Bogard, and the assistant superintendent for Business Services, Robert Shemwell.

The question remains: who is advising the Yuba City School Board?  School Board members are ignoring the overwhelming response from our community. 

YCTA encourages community members to advise the Yuba City School Board to address the needs of our students and the community. 

 View YCUSD's Latest Sham Concept

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The Yuba City Teaches Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.


TALKS BEGAN

posted Sep 11, 2016, 3:59 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 4:02 PM ]


Striking Yuba City Teachers Await Response From School District Administration

Flexibility Key to Ending Strike-



The bargaining teams for Yuba City teachers and the Yuba City Unified School District have agreed to continue talking in hopes of ending the Yuba City Teachers Strike after a 16 hour, 16 minute meeting.

 

“We submitted a thorough and responsible concept for settle this morning that will help attract and retain qualified teachers for our students now and in the future,” said Dina Luetgens, president of the 700-member Yuba City Teachers Association.  “Our concept is focused on what our students and schools need.”

 

She said issues at the bargaining table included the following:

  • Recruiting teachers – a salary schedule that will attract the best teachers to the district.
  • Retaining teachers – issues related to collaboration and professional development.
  • Respect – YCTA being a partner with the district, especially around teaching and learning issues.  Specifically, eliminating confusing language that impacts teachers.

 

She acknowledged and thanked Mayor Buckland for offering City Hall as a location for the contract talks.

Luetgens reiterated the strike activities will continue until a fair and just contract agreement that attracts and retains qualified teachers has been reached.

 

“Gratefully, we are not alone in our fight for a fair and just contract,” she added. “The support from our parents, local businesses, community members and students has been overwhelming.  Our union colleagues across California and the nation have demonstrated their support online, by showing up and by donating to the YCTA Hardship Grant.”

“I wonder, though, where the school board members are in this?  They have been silent so far – sometimes even refusing calls from people who elected them,” Luetgens said.  “We encourage the school board members to step up.  Be responsible.  Tell the YCUSD administrators to settle this contract so we can get back into our classrooms.”

 

YCTA members, teachers, speech and language pathologists, nurses, counselors, school psychologists and coaches went on strike September 8 after failing to reach an agreement with YCUSD on the 2015-16 school year, the year for which the impasse was declared.  “We didn’t want to strike, but we are for our students,” Luetgens said.

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The Yuba City Teaches Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.



Talks just finished. Negotiations will continue. The strike is still on for now. Update later.

posted Sep 11, 2016, 3:21 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:22 AM ]


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