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Yuba City Teachers File Unfair Practice Charge (August 5th)

posted Aug 31, 2016, 7:16 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 3, 2016, 6:24 PM ]

Charges Include Intimidation, Interference; YCTA Still Wants Fair Contract


The Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) filed an unfair practice charge (UPC) contending the Yuba City Unified School District (YCUSD) is unlawfully intimidating teachers, making unilateral changes to the contract and interfering with YCTA’s right to represent its members.

The charge, which was filed with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), is the latest in a contentious bargain in which Yuba City teachers insist teacher turnover is hurting students and YCUSD has the financial capacity to do more to attract and retain quality educators. 

“We still want a fair contract for teachers. We’ve bargained in good faith and tried to be as flexible as possible to reach agreement. The district continues to withhold viable options for settlement,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens.

“YCUSD may not be serious about putting students first, but we are,” she added. “Members are telling us loud and clear – do what’s right, fight to attract and retain quality teachers for our students, and insist public monies intended for the classroom are spent in the classroom.”

In a series of school board resolutions, YCUSD is intimidating teachers by threatening that teachers may be disciplined and dismissal procedures will be started if they participate in a legal strike, YCTA charges.

“Teachers cannot be terminated, disciplined or otherwise retaliated against for lawful participation in a strike,” Luetgens said. "Our members have made the difficult decision to authorize a legal strike if this ultimately proves necessary. We are prepared to make this sacrifice for our students and our community.”

In addition, the district is announcing prohibitions on picketing or demonstrating on a “street, sidewalk or publicly-owned lands” near a school. YCTA is also charging the district with bad faith bargaining in offering to pay teachers “premium pay” for working during a strike.

Members voted overwhelmingly in May to authorize YCTA’s executive board to call a strike in the event a contract settlement is not reached. “We don’t want to strike, but we will for our students, our schools, and our community,” said Luetgens. 

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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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