At left: Yolo County Contract Protest
December 2013 -- The Yolo Education Association (YEA) came close to a settlement with the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) at their final mediation session on Dec. 4, but educators voted Dec. 10 to reject the county’s final, flawed contract offer.
The YEA came close to accepting the County Office’s proposal on salary and benefits, which included a modest increase in benefits intended to lift YCOE from its place of dead last in all county offices in the state in benefit contributions, and a reasonable offer for 4% ongoing increase to salary to conclude negotiations for this year as well as last year.
Unfortunately, YCOE came to the last session of mediation with a salary schedule adjustment that gave the majority of their employees less than the 4% while several members ended up with a much larger raise. The County Office refused to budge on its proposal, but the teachers agreed to take it to their members even though they had not reached agreement. The state’s fact-finding process is next – and then a possible strike after that. Members held a lively public protest in Woodland Dec. 3.
YEA President Penny Gilman said, “This is just another example of YCOE's heavy-handed, top down, take-it-or-leave-it management style that has characterized 18 months of negotiations.”
The Yolo County Office of Education teachers work with disabled students around the county, working with the deaf and hard of hearing, autistic children, physically and emotionally disabled individuals, and students with multiple handicaps as well as those expelled from other districts, or who are just released from juvenile detention.