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Why I can't give up S & C
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by PUSD teacher, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 28, 2009
I don't expect a sympathetic ear by posting this here, but I feel compelled to tell you the honest truth from one teacher's perspective. My husband worked in the private sector and has lost his job. He has always been the "alpha earner" in our household. If the union came to me and said "will you give up S & C"? I'd like to say "yes" on principle, but the reality is that we are depending on my income alone and doing everything in our power not to lose our house. I haven't told my colleagues this, and they may very well be having financial strains that I know nothing about.
I've read these posts and have seen that many people here think teachers live in this alternate universe untouched by the troubles the private sector is feeling. I just want people to understand that this one teacher is thankful for her S & C raise, not because she's "greedy", but because she needs it to help her family stay afloat.
Maybe there are more teachers in my situation than people realize, and maybe our reasons for holding onto S & C are not all that different from your reasons for holding onto your $233.