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Day Two of Yuba City Teachers Strike: 300 Substitutes, No Negotiations


Teachers continued to picket outside of 17 Yuba City Unified Schools in order to get a 13 percent raise from the 2015-2016 school year.

About 300 substitute teachers have been hired to fill in during the strike, according to District Superintendent Nancy Aaberg. Each sub is paid $330. In addition, extra security has also been hired at each of the district schools.

“We have done the best we can knowing that a substitute would routinely work off a lesson plan designed by a teacher. Regular teachers did not leave lesson plans in their absence,” Aaberg says.

Dina Luetgens, president of Yuba City Teachers Association, says the strike may have a short term impact on students, but it's worth it.

“We’re actually standing up for something more important than today’s sacrifice. We’re making today’s sacrifice for tomorrow’s kids and the future of our schools. It’s too important,” Luetgens says.

There have been no negotiations between the district and union since August 24.

Aaberg says this strike is the first in the district's history.

"We would like for the teachers to declare an end to the strike and return teachers to the classroom and then we would like to immediately, if not concurrently, resume negotiations with the teachers," Aaberg says. 

Luetgens says the association is prepared to talk about the negotiations.

"The talking needs to be productive discussions that will actually resolve our impasse and address the districts critical problem of attracting and retaining great teachers for every child,"Luetgens says.