For the last 3 years many employees have been at the same wage due to a freeze. We have made this sacrifice so the teachers could receive their negotiated monies. My question is, that with us, as employees shouldering part of the budget cuts, how long will we have to continue paying larger insurance premiums and medicine costs, with no compensation for our years worked or our increased education. In the two years our salaries have been frozen, these costs have increased dramatically. We are now making less money than we did 3 years ago, even though our salaries have only been frozen for the last 2 years. These monies cannot be made up for those of us who are working towards retirement. Do we matter? This question is asked with no disrespect to the District or any one employee.
Yes, principal secretaries matter.
To clarify, no employees in the district have received a COLA in several years. Two years ago teachers lost 5.5 days pay with a legislative cut. These were additional days beyond what the district funds for any employee. Consequently, for that year only, teacher steps were funded while all other employee groups did not receive step increases. Other than that one year, all employee groups have received step increases annually. Employees in all groups who are on the top step have not received pay increases. The district and board fully recognize and appreciate that employees have garnered an increased share of their insurance costs as we have dealt with over $53 million in cuts in the past three years. As such, we look forward to a time when the legislature provides funds for a COLA increase.
However, sensitivity to the great efforts of secretaries and all employees over the last few years plays into the recent award of a 1.5% bonus which was added to the June check.
Thanks for the question,