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Setting the Record Straight (Sept. 8th)

posted Sep 8, 2016, 2:48 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 2:52 PM ]


CTA Has Not Been Contacted by YCUSD to Settle The Strike – Welcomes a Call to Settle the 2015-16 Contract for Kids-



Despite what the Yuba City Unified School District is telling parents, there has been no attempt to contact the Yuba City Teachers Association to discuss or set dates to resolve the 2015-16 contract, which is the reason the 700 teachers are on strike.

 

Parents are calling the district to ask about what’s happening to students in schools. A district spokeswoman told parents YCUSD contacted YCTA to ask for dates and offer proposals. “We appreciate that parents called and asked questions of the district,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens.

 

“YCUSD knows that we will are willing to negotiate – and that we must settle the 2015-16 contract first,” she said. Luetgens noted teachers are getting used to receiving inaccurate and incomplete information from the district.  YCTA in fact filed charges with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to prompt the district to be more forthcoming with information in a timely manner.

 

She noted YCUSD’s “last, best, and final” proposal was zero percent that is nothing on the salary schedule for 2015-16, with one-time pay for additional hours.  The proposal was part of a three-year “take it or leave it” conditional package that dictated salary increases could be arbitrarily reduced at the district’s discretion.

“YCTA is committed to resolving negotiations for 2015-16,” Luetgens added. YCTA’s last proposal was a 13% salary increase for all teachers for the 2015-16 academic year because of the exodus of teachers to neighboring districts for better pay and working conditions. The financially healthy school district can afford YCTA’s proposal.

 

Yuba City teachers are striking in an effort to force Yuba City Unified School District management to make students and teachers its top budget priority. Teachers want a fair and just contract that will allow YCUSD to attract and retain qualified teachers. This is the first strike in this area since 1990, when the Stockton teachers when on strike.

 

Dina Luetgens will share what’s happening on the picket line during today’s media briefing. Find 18 Facts at www.ycta.net and at facebook.com/YubaCityTeachers.

 

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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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