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Yuba City Tentative Agreement Attracts and Retains Teachers

posted Sep 19, 2016, 10:18 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 8:13 PM ]



Offers Respect to Teaching Professionals


Comments by Yuba City Teachers Association President Dina Luetgens and YCTA Bargaining Team Chair Steve Jennings.

This afternoon the teachers of the Yuba City Teachers Association are voting whether to ratify the tentative agreement reached this morning after an 18-hour marathon session. That tentative agreement officially ends the seven-day teacher strike. 

Is it everything we wanted? No – but it ends this strike and gets us back into our classrooms so we can be with our students. This is the best deal we could negotiate. For now. Our teachers were in the classroom today. So, we are in our happy place. There were lots of hugs to go around.

What did we get? Support, love and respect from our parents and community. Stronger relationships and friendships among our members. The power and ability to make the voices of our students and our parents heard.

What did we get in the contract?
In terms of recruiting teachers, the basic tentative agreement is an 11.1% increase over a three-year period. It is broken down in this manner:

  • 2015-16 – 2%
  • 2016-17 – 3.4% (includes 2 extra days)
  • 2017-18 – 5.7% at mid-year if Prop. 55 passes
    • If Prop 55 fails, it’s 4.1%

In terms of retaining teachers, longevity pay will be permanently placed on the salary schedule, which, hopefully, will encourage experienced teachers to stay in our community. In terms of respect, we have a written understanding that gives us a seat at the table so our voice on strategic decisions will be heard, especially in how state monies received through the Local Control Funding Formula are spent on programs to improve student achievement.

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


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