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Yuba City Teachers Share Concepts to End Strike -- Still Waiting for the District’s Response

posted Sep 11, 2016, 7:16 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 5:35 AM ]

Teachers Will Be Back on the Picket Lines Tomorrow

he Yuba City Teachers Association bargaining team released the concepts shared with officials from the Yuba City Unified School District.

YCTA presented the district with a concept that would resolve the 2015-2016 impasse. This concept also addresses bridging the gap of the statewide average and neighboring school district’s teacher salaries to meet the needs of our students and community by attracting and retaining the best teachers for Yuba City, now and in the future. 

The district repeatedly expressed an interest in a multi-year resolution. To address the fact that YCUSD teacher salaries are 13% below the statewide average in 2015 – 2016, YCTA presented the following multi-year concept:

  •    4% for 2015-2016,
  •    7% for 2016-2017, and
  •    4% for 2017-2018.

This concept also addresses the issue of YCUSD salaries falling further behind those of neighboring districts, which have already settled contracts for 2015-16. Other innovative concepts included collaboration time between teachers, professional development to improve practice in the classroom and strategies to strengthen the collaboration between teachers and parents. Also discussed: eliminating language that hurts teachers and students.

The YCTA team was willing to stay all night and reach agreement.  The district’s team broke off talks. Following the 16-hour meeting, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Deputy Superintendent Doreen Osumi indicated she would contact YCTA later in the day.  As of this evening, nearly 16 hours later (7:00 p.m.), YCTA has received no communication from the district whatsoever.

YCTA remains firmly committed to attracting and retaining the best teachers, nurses, speech pathologists, psychologists, counselors, and coaches for our students and our community, by providing competitive salaries. Yuba City teachers will be back on picket lines Monday. 

YCTA appreciated efforts by the Yuba City Mayor, John Buckland, to bring the parties together in an attempt to reach a fair and reasonable settlement. The district’s administrative team consisted of the next superintendent, Doreen Osumi, the YCUSD attorney, Kim Bogard, and the assistant superintendent for Business Services, Robert Shemwell.

The question remains: who is advising the Yuba City School Board?  School Board members are ignoring the overwhelming response from our community. 

YCTA encourages community members to advise the Yuba City School Board to address the needs of our students and the community. 

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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.