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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.



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