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HIGHLIGHTS


  • Holding the Line for "40K" in the Old Line State
    As of the 2008-2009 school year, all of Maryland's 24 school districts will start new fully certified teachers at a salary of $40,000 or more.
  • New Jersey Negotiates Starting Salaries of $50K
    Fifty local associations in 17 counties of New Jersey have negotiated contracts with starting salaries of $50,000 or more. The Sea Girt Education Association is the latest, having negotiated a starting salary of $52, 122 in their 2010-2011 contract.
  • Iowa State Education Association Wins Funding Boosts
    In the 2008 legislative session, the Iowa State Education Association won significant funding boosts for K-12 schools, area education agencies, and community colleges; continued salary increases for educators; and an assurance that money for future raises and other key state aid programs will be protected and will keep pace with inflation. And ISEA was successful in getting the following language included in Chapter 279 of the Iowa Code: "It is the goal of this state that every employee of a public school corporation be provided with a competitive living wage."




Around the country, teachers and education support professionals are working in grassroots campaigns to improve wages and compensation. Here are some of the latest wins.

New & Noteworthy

Fifty local associations in 17 counties of New Jersey have negotiated contracts with starting salaries of $50,000 or more since the Westfield Education Association negotiated their contract for the 2006-2007 school year. The Sea Girt Education Association is the latest, having negotiated a starting salary of $52, 122 in their 2010-2011 contract, according to the New Jersey Education Association’s newsletter.

As of the 2008-2009 school year, all of Maryland’s 24 school districts will start new teachers at a salary of $40,000 or more .

In the 2008 legislative session, the Iowa State Education Association won significant funding boosts for K-12 schools, area education agencies, and community colleges; continued salary increases for educators; and an assurance that money for future raises and other key state aid programs will be protected and will keep pace with inflation. And ISEA was successful in getting the following language included in Chapter 279 of the Iowa Code: “It is the goal of this state that every employee of a public school corporation be provided with a competitive living wage.”

More State & Local Campaigns

ALASKA
The Board of Trustees for the North Slope Borough School District voted in May to approve an increase in base salary for teachers to $50,000 per year. The move was described by North Slope Borough Education Association president Jill Exe, in a statement on the NEA-Alaska website, as an effort to attract more teachers to the district after a state-wide shortage.

IDAHO
Legal fees in excess of $50,000 were awarded to the Rexburg Education Association by a judge after it was found that the Madison School District engaged in bad faith bargaining by suspending contract negotiations in 2007.

ILLINOIS
TheKaneland Education Association and Kaneland Board of Education are currently in negotiations with a federal mediator to develop “a fair and equitable contract” for teachers. KEA is asking that the board adhere to the District Strategic Plan, which, among other things, states the need for attracting “highly qualified staff…to deliver high quality educational programs and services.” According to KEA’s website, both groups hope to come to an agreement in the near future.

Members of theHuntley Education Association reached an agreement after a three-day strike in September after they failed to come to agreement with the school board on a competitive salary, and appropriate health benefits, despite teachers’ working without a contract for 10 weeks, according to a HEA press release. Teachers and students returned to school after a tentative agreement was reached.

MICHIGAN
Michigan Education Association members in the Wayne-Westland school district took to the picket line this month after the district failed to come to agreement on a renegotiation of teachers’ salaries, class size and other issues. A judge-issued order forced the school district to enter into good faith negotiations with MEA, and teachers and students returned to school on Oct. 10. Further negotiations are pending.

MISSISSIPPI 
Classified staff members, including bus drivers, security officers, and clerical staff, of Jackson Public Schools received pay raises following a two-year period of recommendations by theMississippi Education Association and Jackson Association of Educators. The pay increase, which would take each staff member up a step, was approved at a September school board meeting and will remain the pay rate until contested.

NEW JERSEY
Fifty local associations in 17 counties of New Jersey have negotiated contracts with starting salaries of $50,000 or more since the Westfield Education Association negotiated their contract for the 2006-2007 school year. The Sea Girt Education Association is the latest, having negotiated a starting salary of $52, 122 in their 2010-2011 contract, according to the New Jersey Education Association’s newsletter.

PENNSYLVANIA
After repeated failures to reach an agreement on the terms of their contract, members of theSouth Butler County Education Association struck last month. Without a contract since the end of June, SBEA teachers are requesting a salary increase of 5.9 percent each year, reduced health care insurance premium costs and improved retirement benefits.

RHODE ISLAND
East Providence Teachers and Tiverton Teachers are both currently under expired contracts and working in interest arbitration on 07-08 and 08-09 agreements.

Smithfield Teachers have reached a tentative agreement with the school board after contesting health care and copay, salary, and retirement benefits.

TENNESSEE
After four months of negotiation, theRutherford County Education Association and Rutherford County Board of Education came to agreement in September on the teachers’ contract for 2008-2010.Among the contract’s greatest accomplishments, according to UniServ representative Susan Young, were a one- day bereavement leave, one time $4000 bonus for successfully completing the National Board Certification, and a 4% supplement to dance team sponsors.

WASHINGTON
After an almost two-week-long strike in Bellevue County, a tentative agreement was reached which will increase pay five percent over the next three years, restore health insurance funding, and end pre-scripted daily online assignments for teachers. According toBellevue Education Association President Michele Miller, refusing to separate the three goals ultimately led  to BEA’s success.


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