Is it higher then the pay increase for college-educated workers? Did you think to ask?After initial union obstinacy in the face of a deep and prolonged recession, the pendulum apparently is swinging back toward reason.Thanks to taxpayer anger, salary caps and other cost-containing legislation, it’s sinking in: Public workers aren’t entitled to automatic raises and better benefits regardless of economic conditions or job performance, and a public-sector job without a raise is better than no job at all....The Star-Ledger’s Lisa Fleisher reported that teachers in 75 districts who settled contracts in the first half of the year received an average raise of 2.03 percent for the upcoming school year — the lowest increase in the 30 years the New Jersey School Boards Association has been tracking the data.That’s still higher than the average private-sector pay increase, but the insanity has ended. Another 18 districts reopened contracts and froze pay raises.
Here it is - again:
Over the last 20 years, teacher pay has grown more slowly than the pay of the average worker in NJ (teacher pay rose 150%; the average pay rose 162%).
The "benefit gap" between teachers and non-teachers is approximately 5% - not enough to make up for the difference in pay.And then there's this:
Remember, only a handful of unions volunteered wage freezes to save jobs. Others took their raises and allowed colleagues to be laid off.And ALL teachers who had a new contract started paying 1.5% towards their health care. So it's not a freeze - IT"S A CUT!
It's also worth noting that plenty of districts where teachers took a freeze still had layoffs.
You just can't kill them...