February 2014 -- Yuba City teachers are looking to build a climate of trust and respect in their school district, now that a settlement has been reached after almost three years of contentious bargaining.
The agreement, signed in February, provides for a 5 percent retroactive increase to July 2013 and another two percent for a total of 7 percent in 2013-14. Teachers will receive at least an additional 3 percent pay hike in 2014-15.
In the past six months, the Yuba City Teachers Association mobilized its members for rallies, school board meetings and informational pickets in front of all 16 schools every Thursday for months. Making use of video, Facebook, their website, letters to the editor, fliers, and door-to-door outreach to the community, the teachers were able to successfully garner support for their cause. Throughout its bargaining effort, the association made the point that Yuba City teachers deserve salaries that were comparable to teachers who worked in Marysville, right across the river.
“Attracting and retaining the best teachers for our children is a community issue, and that’s been our focus,” said Dina Luetgens, president of the Yuba City Teachers Association.
The agreement allows the teachers and the district to collaborate on implementing the Local Control Funding Formula.
“We will continue to engage our members and community in conversations about priorities and spending for our students and our schools,” Luetgens said.
The association will begin negotiating the impact of the Local Control Accountability Plan during 2013-14 and 2014-15 reopeners.