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BETHEL: Contract reflects teacher greed

Letter by Bob Sweem, Graham on Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:57 am with 8 Comments »
August 19, 2011 1:29 pm

Re: “Bethel deal reached; board to vote” (TNT, 8-19).

Once again the union and teachers in the Bethel School District have shown their true colors. It’s not about the children; it’s about the money.

Their latest contract takes money away from children and gives a 1.9 percent pay increase to mitigate the 1.9 percent pay decrease the state took. Unfortunately, state workers had a 3 percent pay decrease, but do not have a “children’s fund” to tap into.

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  1. letsworkitout says:

    Really, you are complaining about teachers not taking a pay cut? Rising health care costs will surely cut into any of that money.

    I’m curious how you wrote a letter to the editor in time before the contract was published outside of teachers who have seen it since only August 16th. I also wonder about the tribune’s timing in this as well.

  2. Bob if I understand it right state employees were told to take unpaid leave while teachers were told to take less money for the same hours. It seems to me that your apple is different than their orange. How about the teachers give back the increase after the other workers give back the hours? Now that seems fair to me.

  3. theglovesRoff says:

    So is Bethel the WEA poster child strike district for this year?

  4. letsworkitout says:

    Uh, the contract was ratified…so no.

  5. theglovesRoff says:

    OK. Thank you.

  6. So BOB, do you realize teachers are still losing money???? Teacher pay was cut 3% just like yours. It was just done differently. When the 3% cut was announced for state employees, teachers were put back to 1.9% because they had already lost some money due to days of there employment cut back. So teachers are still losing 1.1% of pay.
    And as mentioned by oldman4, they will still be bringing home more after Health Insurance costs rise again this year. As a teacher, and guessing you are a state worker, do you want to change Health Care plans and costs? I didn’t think so.

  7. Educator1 says:

    Facts: Pay was not cut, even the 1.9% was only a cut for the increase in step they would have gotten. The district added this back in. Check the state pay scale. Also the insurance benefit is in addition to what the state is paying. This is from your excess levy. Very few teachers are left to rehire from the numbers notified in May. Also if the budget was cut why is it larger than last year?? Now we ask the board to approve a contract that is called “Tenative” with many strike outs and now a clean contract. I wonder what we actually approved in BEA ..

  8. letsworkitout says:

    I noticed you didn’t reply on the other thread regarding you lack of info…

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