I did contact my union representative and suggested that we hold off on step and column raises and I suggested we even take a 5% pay cut. I am a teacher but will admit that we are the highest paid school district in the area. However, when times are tough, I am willing to make a sacrifice. I have been teaching long enough so I will not be laid off. The union representative point blank told me that the union's job was to get the maximum amount of pay and benefits for the teachers so they were not willing to discuss a pay freeze or a pay cut; especially with a parcel tax possibility to pay for them.
It is also a common discussion in the lunch room about our superintendent who has a $200,000 interest free loan that does not have to be paid back until 18 months after he leaves the district, plus his $1000 per month automobile allowance. He is making over $200,000 per year so he is not underpaid. I believe our superintendent and his staff can make some sacrifices. I know many teachers who would be willing to freeze the step and column raises and even take a pay cut so that we can save the newer teachers.
I see the pain in the community as a result of the economy. While the $233 per year might seem like nothing to many of you, this is a real challenge for many in our community. That is why I am voting No on Measure G.