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Yuba City Teachers Strike Officially Over

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:09 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 8:12 PM ]

Agreement Attracts and Retains Teachers; Offers Respect to Teaching Professionals

 The unanimous approval of the Yuba City School Board Wednesday night, coupled with the 97% yes vote by the Yuba City Teachers Association members last Monday, officially ends the seven-day Yuba City Teachers Strike.


While respect was a major issue, the YCTA goal was to attract and retain the best teachers for Yuba City students now, and in the future. 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

o   If Prop 55 fails, it’s 4.1%


In addition, longevity pay will be permanently placed on the salary schedule, which, hopefully, will encourage experienced teachers to stay in Yuba City.


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,” Luetgens said, adding that teachers received so much more from the community.


“We felt the support, love and respect from our parents and community,” she said. “We have stronger relationships and friendships among our members and we have the power and ability to make the voices of our students and our parents heard.”


“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,” said YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “This is the best deal we could negotiate. For now. Our teachers are in the classroom. Our students are learning. So, we are in our happy place.”


Moving forward, YCTA members and community working toward the November elections. “If anyone wants to be educated on student issues or want suggestions on how to vote in the upcoming elections,” Luetgens noted.  “Ask a teacher.”