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Last Attempt to Avert Strike Fails (August 24th)

posted Sep 3, 2016, 6:28 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association

Teachers to Start Packing Next Week

Despite the continued show of community support and the growing concern expressed by parents at last night’s school board meeting, the Yuba City Unified School District (YCUSD) remains unwilling to resolve the 2015-16 bargaining impasse with the Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA). The two sides met this morning in a last attempt to avert a strike, yet discussions ended without an agreement.

“The YCUSD continues to mislead the public by saying they want to reach an agreement, yet they remain entrenched in their position and provide no viable option to help attract and retain qualified and committed teachers for Yuba City students,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens.

“The school district requires, and has required since before school started, that all classroom keys be turned in daily, regardless if teachers are done for the day or not. Teachers have no access to their classrooms on the weekend. And when teachers return to school they must find the key to get into the classroom,” she said. “This is a key example of the treatment of Yuba City teachers.”

“We’ve done everything possible to avoid a strike. We’ve attended meetings, we’ve done our research and gathered financial data. We’ve talked to and answered questions from parents, community members and business owners. All the while we’ve prepared our classrooms and our lessons in order to do the job we love; teaching our students.” she said. “We are left with no option but to start packing. Beginning next week parents will start to see teachers packing up their personal belongings to remove from their classrooms.”

“The teachers’ goal is to negotiate a fair and just contract that our members will ratify,” she said, adding that “teacher turnover and unfilled vacancies negatively impact students.”

Through its fact-finding presentation the district confirmed that they have the financial ability to provide competitive salaries that will help attract and retain qualified and committed teachers for Yuba City students. Teachers voted overwhelmingly last May to authorize the YCTA Executive Board to call a strike should the parties not reach a contract settlement. “After repeated failed attempts to resolve this crisis, we appear to have no other alternative.”

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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.


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