Received next year's contract today

@NJChicaa (106620)
United States
May 12, 2022 2:48pm CST
The district has to give us our annual contracts by May 15. Then we have to sign them and return them by June 1 to indicate that we want to continue our employment. I always like to receive it because I have no idea where my hard copy of the contract is that lists the salary increases as you move up the steps. This year was my 21st of teaching and it put me on step 18. I had *just* creeped over the $80K threshold with my 20 year service bonus. Next year I am on step 19 and the base salary is $83,095. I also will receive $900 for the service bonus which puts me at $83,995. I don't think the district/BOE and the teachers union has ever agreed on a new contract without declaring impasse and requiring a mediator. 2 contracts ago we went without a contract for almost 2 years only finally coming to an agreement after a new (interim) superintendent took over. I think it was settled within like a month. The one before this one we went for over a year without a contract and had to start doing job actions. The current contract was at impasse and on the way to mediation when that same interim superintendent returned to the district for a year and again got it settled quickly. We even received retro pay! I remember being pleasantly surprised at this contract's salary steps. Yes I am making my way to the top and the yearly increases get better the further along you are in your career. I remember years in the past when my salary increased only by $600. That was also back in the Chris Christie nightmare years where we suddenly had to contribute toward medical despite being hired with the promise of no employee contributions and having to pay more towards our pension as well. There were MANY years that I was just going backwards. Having to pay more and not having salary increases keep up with that. Now I'm going to be getting nice $4000 and $5000 raises for the next couple of years. That is a good thing because Darwin knows that nothing is getting less expensive these days. side note: I know some people think it is obnoxious or offensive to talk about how much money you make. I get it. For me, though, I am in a different situation. As a public employee my salary is public record. The local newspaper literally has a database where you can look up the salary information of public employees, tax information about residents, overtime hours for police, etc. It isn't a secret. I don't think I am entitled to specific salary information for those who work in the private sector but my stuff is all out there. I'm fine with it.
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@DWDavis (20095)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
12 May
If I had stayed in public education in NC until I was 100, I would never have made nearly what the top-tier teachers in most other states make. NC used to have annual step increases, but the GOP legislature changed it to only once every 5 years after we went 8 years with only one 0.5% raise. Now that I teach in a Catholic School, I actually make less than state scale for my level of experience (this is my 21st year), but until recently it has been worth it. Since the pandemic, everything has changed for the worse.
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@NJChicaa (106620)
• United States
13 May
My former in-laws are in NC and live next to a young teacher. I have no idea why anyone would want to teach in NC. He was making less than $40K to support his family with 2 kids.
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@DWDavis (20095)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
14 May
@NJChicaa When I first left accounting to teach here in NC, teacher salaries were rising and we had climbed into the top 50% of states in the country. After the GOP took over the legislature, they started cutting education and it wasn't long before NC teachers dropped into the lowest 10%. The Republicans also did everything they could to undermine teachers and the publics' trust and respect for us. Their standard line was that teachers were overpaid, underworked, and didn't care about kids, only money. These days, I discourage any of my students who say they want to become teachers.
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@NJChicaa (106620)
• United States
14 May
@DWDavis Chris Christie did the same thing to NJ teachers and I also try to discourage students from becoming teachers.
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@porwest (51110)
• United States
12 May
That seems like a good salary honestly. As for Christie I applaud what he did. After all, taxpayers had to pay for plans they don't get. Not exactly fair from a side who likes to cite "paying fair shares." But I am not going to make this political. Obviously we have differences of opinions. I would say, based on my observations, that you are doing quite well for yourself and you should be happy to be able to get what you do. Not that you did not earn it, mind you. Beyond that you will also enjoy a very nice pension, another benefit most people do not get anymore unless you work for one of the Big 3 or someplace like Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Miller Brewing and places like that. I get a very hefty paycheck, but my benefits suck. My wife has all the bennies.
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@NJChicaa (106620)
• United States
12 May
My ex always earned more than I did but ran to my employer's health clinic and benefits before his because mine are so good. Legit paid nothing out of pocket for a hip replacement. When I got my job I was young and stupid and was just looking forward to summers off. I didn't even know that I'd get a pension. Yes I will get a pension, free medical benefits, and I also have a 403(b) which is the public worker version of a 401(k). I just hope I can survive 4 more years.
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@porwest (51110)
• United States
13 May
@NJChicaa You will. Considering the summers off, you actually only have 2 1/2 years to go. You've got this!
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@LindaOHio (92047)
• United States
13 May
Honestly, you are in such a great salary bracket; and with your medical benefits, pension, etc., you will be set when you get a house and retire. Congratulations.
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@kaylachan (33075)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 May
It's good that you were able to get it and they agreed on something so quickly.
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