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New Teachers Contract Includes 1.63 Percent Pay Bump

After about 15 months of talks, Shorewood educators and the School Board come to agreement on a new contract, limited to wages.

After roughly 15 months, Shorewood school officials and teachers have reached agreement on a new contract.

Under the one-year pact approved Monday by the School Board, teachers will see a 1.63 bump in base wages. An entry-level teacher salary will increase from $37,350 to 37,963 while a teacher at the top of the scale will earn nearly $78,000, compared to $76,546 under the old agreement. The Shorewood Education Association ratified the contract prior to the meeting.

Educators who were eligible for a bump on the salary schedule were moved up one step, officials say.

While the agreement was approved Monday night, it expired June 30. Teachers will receive the increases retroactive to July 2011.

Even though the state law limiting collective bargaining to wages was recently ruled unconstitutional, fringe benefits were not part of negotiations or the new contract.   

School officials approved an employee handbook Aug. 28, which now defines work rules on matters that used to be negotiated with the teachers union, such as benefits, hours and more.

Sachin Pandya, teacher’s union chief negotiator, said the SEA voted unanimously to approve the contract.

“As teachers…we just wanted to voice our appreciation for the way the process and negotiations worked,” Pandya said.

“Obviously, over the last year things have been complicated. Even in the course of this negotiation Judge Colas’ decision striking down Act 10, there was a lot of uncertainty,” he said. “But what was really impressive was the way we were able to as an association, with the board, was having the conversation and come to an agreement that we felt worked for both sides.”

School Board member Michael Mishlove said the fact that the district and SEA was able to come to an agreement and develop the working relationship is a reflection of the community support of education.

“It is the fact that we know as a board, that our community supports teachers and education, and the mission of the district the way that it does, has allowed us to come to these mutually acceptable understandings, without a lot of acrimony,” he said.

SEA President Michael Halloran said there’s a consensus to start contract talks sooner rather than later, so the district and teachers aren't negotiating retroactive agreements.

PaulRevere September 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
A Top-scale Teacher is now $78,000? What about the total cost of that teacher? How much does the Health-insurance, Life insurance, Vision insurance, Pension benefits contributions cost the taxpayers. Add these to the W-2 $78,000. Now that is the cost of every Teacher. My estimate is over $100,000 per year. Finally, compare that $100,000 to every resident in the school district. Don't forget to adjust for the fact that Teachers work 10 months of the year. I'd say teachers rank in the elite pay scales of the average pay of residents paying them. Is that Fair? More-so, Is it fair to the residents who already pay for their children's education at non-public school.? Our public schools need massive funding changes.
Public Teacher September 25, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Top scale teachers have Master's degrees plus 45 additional graduate credits. In addition, they have worked more than 16 years for the district. If you compare other professions with equal amounts of education and years on the job, I believe the pay would be comparable. Regardless, it is irrelevant to compare the incomes of residents to that of our teachers. We don't decide how much professionals should get paid based upon personal incomes. Finally, it is a resident's prerogative to send their child to a private school. No one is forcing them to pay tuition for their child's education.
PaulRevere April 30, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Public Teacher: I could care less about what "YOU" think you are worth. Your Pay and benefits come from "TAXES". Therefore, It IS relevant to compare & consider the INCOMES of Residents --Who work and support your self-assessed values. You say "we don't decide how much professionals should get"---Right ! that is because YOU don't get a TAX bill from that Professional UNLESS he/she Provides a service to you. That professional makes his living from those WHO USE his services. (Unlike Teachers) If you were taxed to Pay that professional just for operating in your district, I assure you would decide that person PAY. And it would be based on How much YOU make. You would scream for paying a service you do not use. I am always puzzled when teachers say -- it is my choice to use non-public schools for Education. In fact, let me say it is Your choice to TAX me for your services when I did not even ask for your services. It is you taking Tax money from thousands of residents not needing your services. Taxing your services to the childless, elderly, and the needy. Instead of spending it For the children---It is you that gives yourself non-negotiated pay raises and benefits solely because you can TAX it. Not because you are worth it. So don't try to justify your value to society , when in fact your pay has zero link to value. Your pay is based solely on PROPERTY VALUES. Property values up--Your Pay goes up!Property values goes Down --Your Pay Goes---------------stiil UP! Never Down!

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