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Letter: Proposed agreement is for reinstatement of salaries, not a raise

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Regarding the article on the front page of the Feb. 6 paper, “Lodi Unified School District officials approve raises for teachers.” This headline and the first line of the article are incorrect. Teachers are not getting “raises.” The district is offering to “restore salaries to pre-budget cut levels.” These are two very different things.

As a teacher in Lodi Unified School District for over 20 years, it has been quite a while since I have seen an actual raise, with or without COLA. This offer is to restore the pay that was cut from our salary schedule, frozen in step increases and taken because of furlough days two years ago.

In the time since then, we have seen our class sizes grow and our expense budgets cut while working hard, often on our time and at our own expense, to make the necessary changes to accommodate the new Common Core State Standards that require us to change what we teach and how we teach it. Teachers do this because of the good of the students and the community. Raises would be nice, as my family’s expenses have gone up in the last two years as well.

This offer from the district isn’t a raise, just a restoration to what we were earning two years ago.

Jamie Anaforian

Lodi

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6 comments:

  • Christina Welch posted at 6:48 pm on Sat, Feb 15, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 322

    Very true. And well said, as usual. And many others are still waiting tor their own form of restoration, whether a job, or more hours, or whatever. This economy has hurt many people, and I hope somehow everyone can be made right again.

     
  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:26 pm on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 254

    Not to disagree with anyone , but just to relate. The intent was to enable people to hold onto their jobs as apposed to losing them completely. To focus elsewhere during a down economy you could easily say we are all still waiting for the value of a house to be restored too.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 12:10 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 322

    Good point, actually. We often do hear about programs being "cut" when, indeed, the funding is just being done at a smaller rate/percentage. But the media loves to misrepresent it. Makes for great headlines. That is one of the reasons it's so hard for government to make any headway in cutting the out-of-hand spending we have here in the US. Of course, in terms of this LUSD issue, this is not the case. It was a restoration.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 12:11 pm on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 322

    [thumbup]

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:42 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    I fully agree with the assessment made in this letter. If in fact what they’re being provided now is something that was actually taken away (with the promise of having it restored at a later date) and is now being considered a “raise” for the sake of appearing magnanimous, then a correction should be forthcoming. Of course, I’m quite happy for those teachers who now have that loss restored.

    On the other hand, I find it interesting that when the government makes a determination to increase a federal, state or local program at a lesser amount than a previous year, they’re often pilloried for “cutting” funding. Based upon the reasoning contained in this letter (of which I wholeheartedly agree), isn’t it then just as “disingenuous and insulting” to wrongly state that the government is “cutting” funding when in reality they’re simply increasing at a lesser amount than the previous year?

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 8:42 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 543

    To the Editor: Mrs. Anaforian is not "rais[ing] a fair point", she his correct and your writer was incorrect. This agreement reflects a restoration of salary cuts. LUSD is giving back what we teachers sacrificed, not more (technically less due to other changes in pay not ok the salary schedule). To say or infer that going back to our original, pre-recession salaries is a "raise" is disingenuous and insulting.

     

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