October 2016 - During the strike, 3,000 community members and educators rallied outside a YCUSD school board meeting.
Educators in Yuba City received support, love and respect during a seven-day strike that ended in settlement on Sept. 19. The strike mobilized and gave voice to students, parents and the community.
Yuba City Teachers Association members voted 506-15 to ratify an agreement that allows educators more collaboration time and three professional development days. They gain more input into the Local Control Accountability Plan and allocation of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds to help students with high needs.
The new contract stipulates an 11.1 percent salary increase over a three-year period beginning 2015-16. Previously, district teachers on average earned 13 percent ($9,494) less than the statewide average for their peers, which led many to leave for better-paying jobs, hurting students’ education.
“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,” says YCTA President Dina Luetgens. “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 LCFF are spent on programs to improve student achievement.”
Some 71 percent of Yuba City students are considered having high needs (low-income students, foster youth and English learners), which means the district should receive an extra $21 million annually at full funding of LCFF in three or four years. YCTA argued that to give students the education they deserve, some of the revenue should go to across-the-board raises to help recruit and retain quality teachers. Last year alone, Yuba City lost 10 percent of its teachers because of the lack of respect from the district.