Well, if Christie's plan goes through, there will no longer be "gold-plated benefits"; in fact, his plan will slash teacher salaries pretty badly:What's missing in these calculations are what teachers receive in benefits, said Michael Drewniak, Christie's spokesman. That's the crux of the problem along with the union's expectation that raises of 4 and 5 percent should continue unchecked, Drewniak said."It's a gold-plated benefits system they have and it's far out of the mainstream of what the private sector has,'' Drewniak said. "The curve cannot continue to rise straight up in both salaries and benefits. How many people in the regular world are getting 4 and 5 percent raises each year, a gold-plated benefits package and a rich pension?''
While the Christie administration did not provide detailed numbers, the higher pension and benefit contributions proposed by Christie would be tantamount to a 7 percent pay cut for most teachers and government workers, and about a 4 percent reduction for police and firefighters phased in over the next three years, based on preliminary NJ Spotlight calculations.Further, those "4 and 5 percent raises" are now down to 1.6% since this past spring.
So, let's recap the compensation of "greedy" teachers in NJ if Chris Christie has his way:
- Lower pay already than teachers in the nearby counties of NY.
- Slower growing pay already than the average worker.
- Current raises now below 2%.
- Slashed pensions.
- Huge employee payments for heath care.
May I ask a question?
If you were a bright, young person, would you ever - EVER - consider becoming a teacher in NJ?
Christie is setting the table for a disaster of epic proportions. But when the teaching corps of this state is destroyed, he will be long gone, either be running his first failed bid for the Republican nomination or taping infomercials.
ADDING: As I read it, that 7% is in addition to the 1.5% teacher have already started to pay this year for their health care. 8.5% pay cuts - nice.