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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 under the “Beliefs & Facts” tab.



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