Sixth day of strike sees 100 union members return to work

Sixth day of strike sees 100 union members return to work
Posted on 09/15/2016
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September 15, 2016

Sixth day of strike sees 100 union members return to work

As the teacher strike entered its sixth day, 100 union members reported for work. Union participation in the strike fell to about 86 percent.

Student attendance remained at about 52 percent.

Increasing numbers of teachers returning to work are one more sign that this strike has continued too long and needs to be brought to an end. Since the strike began, union teachers have lost approximately $1.5 million in salary, as well as six days of service time toward a pension.

Our district has put forward a concept that would increase teacher pay by 11.1 percent over three years and bring top teacher pay to more than $97,000 per year. This framework would keep the current contracted workday at 7 hours and include 186 contracted working days in the year.

Our district has received no indication of a change to the position YCTA took at Monday’s negotiation session. Union leaders’ refusal to meet with a city-appointed mediator raises serious questions about their commitment to finding a resolution to this impasse.

We are willing to resume meaningful negotiations as early as 9 am Friday to discuss any new proposals from YCTA.

Our community has endured enough turmoil as a result of this unnecessary strike. We believe there is a framework available right now that could form the basis for an agreement through 2018 and bring this strike to an end.


For more information, please visit www.ycusd.org.