Yuba City teachers, district have not reached an agreement to end strike

After marathon negotiations stretched into the wee hours of Sunday, Yuba City teachers and their district have not yet reached an agreement on a new contract, said a spokeswoman for the California Teachers Association.

Negotiations began at 11 a.m. Saturday and continued until 3:15 a.m. Sunday, said Cyndi Menzel with the CTA. She said she didn’t know what the discussions entailed, but participants on the teachers’ side told her the talks will continue and the strike is still on for Monday.

Teachers in the Yuba City Unified School District began their strike Thursday, contending they are underpaid compared with other school districts and that the lower wages are leading teachers to seek jobs elsewhere. The district has about 13,300 students in 18 schools, including preschool classes.

The teachers association says teachers in Yuba City make 13 percent less than the state average. District officials said raises of 13 percent would seriously affect the district’s financial health and that teachers are ignoring an offer on the table that would bring the top teacher salary to $95,000.

On Friday, both sides had appeared open to negotiations, though the spokeswomen for the district and the Yuba City Teachers Association disagreed on the number of union workers who reported for work that day.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison