Chariho Teachers Approve Contract: Stepping Away from Steps?
As the ProJo reports, the Chariho teachers have approved a new contract (PDF) that includes nearly the complete eradication of the traditional increases (go “here” to see what I mean by “traditional”) in the hard-coded contract step increases. This is what the Chariho contract looks like:
Usually, a step contract would have something like a 2.5% annual salary increase for each pay step. Not here. This time the teachers’ union and district agreed on a step schedule that remained constant over three years for steps 1-8, decreased for steps 9 and 10, fluctuated for step 11 and (apparently) added a new step 12 in 2010-11.
As I’ve shown by including the “Yr X Raise” column, that doesn’t mean that teachers aren’t getting a raise every year, it just means the usual increase in pay that comes via a step increase isn’t being further compounded by a raise on each step, too. As an example, I’ve highlighted (in blue/green/red) what the “real world” salary increases would be for a new teacher as they progress to 2011-12 under this contract. Being guaranteed over a 6% increase per year still ain’t a bad deal.
Whether or not we agree with the amount of increases from step to step, it is significant that there is no raise being applied from year to year for each step. Whether or not this will inspire–or embolden–other districts to follow suit will be interesting to see.