California Educator

December 2013

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Advocacy Bargaining BARGAINING UPDATES C O M P I L E D B Y B I L L G U Y, D I N A M A R T I N A N D M I K E M Y S L I N S K I working conditions and compensation is as vital to CTA members as their student grade book or lesson planner. Here are just a few examples of the advocacy occurring statewide. For details and a review of more local activities, go to WORKING FOR PROFESSIONAL Woodland Yolo Education Association members, who have worked without a contract for over a year, picket in Woodland's Heritage Plaza. They teach some of the most challenging students, including physically and emotionally disabled youths and those just released from juvenile detention. YEA grievances include the lack of an agreed-upon disciplinary procedure, not being consulted on changes affecting their programs, and lower than average pay. At press time, YEA members voted to reject an inferior contract offer and proceed to fact-finding. Yuba City Yuba City Teachers Association President Dina Luetgens wants a contract settlement that provides salaries that meet the state average and are at least comparable to what teachers earn in nearby Marysville. Teachers are concerned about the quality of education if the district is unable to recruit and retain educators. YCTA is demanding that the district abide by the decision of a neutral arbitrator and discontinue its practice of not advancing teachers on the salary schedule because they took time to have babies or care for family medical issues. 34 Educator 12 Dec 2013 v2.0 int.indd 34 Alpine Alpine Teachers Association members Henry Perez, Monica Vajtaskovic, Nicole LaBella, Cheryl Irick, Brit Montalbano, Emily Principe and Laurie Hinkel are among the crowd of 300 attending an Alpine Union School District board meeting Dec. 10 as the board votes to impose a draconian contract, despite the raucous outpouring of support for the chapter. If allowed to stand, the contract could permanently cut nearly half of Alpine teachers' compensation by more than 30 percent. Alpine educators are among the lowest-paid in San Diego County and resent having to pay for the district's fiscal mismanagement. Denair Rosanne Cantwell joins colleagues in a protest. After having already taken six furlough days, the Denair Unified Teachers Association is fighting the superintendent's demand that teachers take an 11 percent pay cut in order to alleviate the district's financial problems — problems largely caused by poor administrative decisions. (Photo by Steve Miller.) DE C E M B E R 2013 | JANUARY 2014 12/14/13 3:33 PM

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