YCUSD asks state board to require union leaders to negotiate a settlement rather than strike
Posted on 08/01/2016
|August 1, 2016
Yuba City Unified School District today petitioned a state board to require
union leaders to negotiate on behalf of teachers rather than continuing to
ignore the bargaining process.
district’s request came in amendments to a filing originally made in May, when
YCUSD notified the Public Employment Relations Board of unfair labor practices
by the leadership of the Yuba City Teachers Association. In that filing, and in
the amendment filed today, YCUSD laid out numerous examples of illegal
bargaining practices by YCTA leadership, most notably their refusal to
participate in negotiations in any meaningful or constructive way.
school district’s filing with the state comes as union leaders appear
increasingly determined to strike during the first weeks of the new school
year, which starts on Aug. 11. Any teacher strike is troubling, but the
apparent determination of YCTA leaders to inflict a strike on the community is
particularly worrisome, as it comes after months of non-engagement in
negotiations that could have led to an agreement.
September 2015, YCUSD has made at least six
different proposals to union leadership, including a number that offered raises
in excess of the recommendations of a neutral state panel.
July, a neutral state panel analyzed both sides of the stalled negotiations and
recommended a settlement that was consistent with, though somewhat lower than,
the offer on the table from the District. Throughout our region, teachers’
unions and school districts have agreed to contracts featuring raises typically
in the range of 3-4 percent.
this, YCTA leadership continues to insist it will strike unless it receives a 13 percent raise -- nearly seven
times the neutral panel’s recommendation and approximately four
times higher than those seen in surrounding districts.
one wins in a teacher strike, least of all students. Teachers, too, suffer in a
strike, as even a short strike costs a teacher more in lost pay than can
reasonably be gained from the union’s tactic.
Average teacher salary in our district is about $67,000 for 183
contracted work days. That means for
every day spent on strike, the average teacher in our district would lose more
than $365 in salary and benefit payments, as well as valuable service time
toward a pension.
community works tirelessly and gives generously to support our schools, and we
believe it deserves better than this.
Our community should not be subjected to a disruptive and harmful strike
when realistic and reasonable alternatives remain unexplored and unexamined by
We continue to hope
that union leadership will choose compromise and negotiation over standoff and
strike. Because this appears less likely with each passing week, we have asked YCTA
to declare whether and when they intend to strike. We believe our community is
entitled to this information as we seek to minimize the impact of a strike on
our students. The District also will seek assistance from the state board to
act on behalf of Yuba City students, families and teachers to help prevent a
destructive and unnecessary strike.
A copy of the Amended Unfair Labor Practice Charge may be viewed here