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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.  



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