California Educator

December/January 2022

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Bargaining Roundup Compiled by Julian Peeples APT educators with their guiding principle. TTEA strong! After just a single day of negotiations in Octo- ber, Tahoe Truckee Education Association reached a settlement that will help attract educators to an area known for its high cost of living. The agreement includes a 5 percent wage increase retroactive to July 1, bringing the starting salary for a beginning teacher with a California teaching credential to almost $61,000 and the top educator salary to just above $120,000 a year. This comes on top of a 2 per- cent wage increase last year that also included a one-time payment of $2,500. "We know that students will benefit from this agreement because our district will be in a far better position to attract and retain the educa- tors we need for success," says TTEA President Jess DeLallo. The settlement between TTEA and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, a basic aid district, marks a shift from the prior year when negotiations entered impasse and the possibil- ity of a strike loomed until mid-June. TAHOE TRUCKEE: Success after one day at the table YUBA CIT Y: Three-year contract Yuba City Teachers Association recently negotiated a three- year settlement with their district that will result in a 7.16 percent on-schedule raise over three years. Educators had been working without a contract since 2019, the first contract since a closely watched strike in the district in 2016. After an adversarial year and a half of bargaining, Association of Pleasanton Teachers ratified an agreement with Pleasanton Unified School District in November that upholds APT 's guiding principle: "Our Students Deserve the Best — Best Educators, Best Resources and Supports, Best Class Sizes and Caseloads." "With high participation at every school site and the collective actions of our membership, we were able to secure some incred- ible wins for our students and members," APT President Michelle VerKuilen says. "Our wins include contract language on class size reduction in fourth and fifth grades, preserving our duty-free lunch, recogniz- ing elementary school counselors in our contract, obtaining ratios for our school nurses, securing a testing period for our secondary Special Education Resource Specialists, and agreeing to lan- guage around our schedules." PLEASANTON: United to win resources and supports 41 D E C E M B E R 2 0 21 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 2 A

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