California Educator

August/September 2023

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MILL VALLEY: Increased pay and resources, codified prep time Mill Valley Teachers Association (MV TA) members stayed united during a lengthy bargain and won in June, securing a more than 14% pay increase over the next two years and codi- fying prep time for elementary and middle school educators. MV TA also won release time for TK-5 educators to administer one-on-one student assessments, increased stipends for various positions to support student learning programs, and increased stipends for doctorate degrees and National Board Certification. MV TA also secured increased compensation and instructional aide support if class sizes exceed a certain level in TK through 8th grade classes. The agreement codifies planning and preparation time of 200 minutes for elementary and two planning and preparation periods for middle school unit members. YUBA CIT Y: Prep time, protection and increased pay On May 31, Yuba City Teachers Association (YCTA) members won an 11.5% salary increase retroactive to July 2022, along with retention and signing bonuses to attract and retain quality educators. YCTA also won an additional prep period for grades K-5, as well as increases to stipends and credit for previous experience. Additionally, members successfully fought off a proposal by management to increase their disciplinary rights and decrease educators' rights. SHASTA COUNT Y: Saving money on health care The 10-member Child Development Education Association (CDEA) received an 8% pay hike in April, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2023, plus a reduction in the amount members pay for medical insurance costs. The agreement adds a few hundred dollars a month to members' pockets. CDEA President Lindene Kirkwood says the agreement came about because of the difficulty in hiring and retaining staff. CDEA members are early childhood educators teaching 3-to-5-year-olds in Redding, Cottonwood and Palo Cedro. The Mill Valley Teachers Association Bargaining Team after reaching tentative agreement with the district after 9 p.m. Bargaining Roundup Compiled by Julian Peeples 48 Advocacy

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