St. Paul teachers, supporters to rally at schools Thursday

  • Article by: Anthony Lonetree , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Goal is to push for a new contract, with union and district in mediation.

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supervon2Jan. 28, 14 4:39 PM

Teachers agreeing Not To Work is the last thing I want to hear. But, their fearless leader in the White House is the prime example of not working and blaming the other person.

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dflleftJan. 28, 14 4:45 PM

THE GREAT DFL party gives the teacher unions pretty much anything they want and ask for nothing in return except for lots of campaign cash.

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elmore1Jan. 28, 14 7:34 PM

This is really setting a bad example for your students. Unions treat teachers like cattle, too bad.

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notaxmaxJan. 28, 14 9:15 PM

Teacher class time is about 1080 hours per year. The average teacher making 68,000 a year is receiving $62.96 per hour. Makes the minimum wage look pretty puny, doesn't it. Don't forget there is another 30 grand in benefits including healthcare, life and disability insurance, along with pension contributions, paid schooling employers FICSand unemployment/ workman's comp ins. They seem a little greedy to me.

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naseth12Jan. 28, 14 9:49 PM

notaxmax - First, the average teacher salary in MN is closer to $54,000. Second, teachers spend many, many hours working outside of class time. Third, why are you comparing minimum wage to the salaries of licensed professionals? That's a completely invalid comparison. Fourth, the amount received in benefits is usually about half of what you say. Seeing as how you don't seem to know to what you're talking about, perhaps you shouldn't be saying anything.

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bigdukesixJan. 29, 14 7:27 AM

Unions always complain about management not negotiating "in good faith." If they're currently in mediation and have reached agreement on three bargaining points, why do they feel a need have a rally to "draw attention" to their contract proposals? These self-serving "negotiations" are such a sham. I guess it's NOT all about the kids...

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naseth12Jan. 29, 1410:14 AM

notaxmax, naysayers, et al. - I'd like to take the opportunity to put forth some realistic math regarding teacher compensation. The average number of class days in MN schools is 174, however, this number doesn't include inservice days which are still work days. Teachers are contracted for 40 hours a week, but typically spent more like 50 hours a week (often more), or 10 hours per day working. Thus, the number of hours worked in a school year is more like 1,740 (again, a lower estimate and not including contracted inservice days). When dividing the real average teacher salary of $54,000 by this more realistic average of hours worked, the pay per hour becomes $31.03, less than half of your outrageous estimate of $68.96 per hour. Even if you add in your estimate of $30,000 in benefits--far higher than usually accurate--the average becomes $48.28, still $20 per hour less than JUST the salary average you provided. Not included in any of these numbers is time spent during summers writing curriculum or at conferences for relicensing. I don't know where you get your ideas about teacher compensation and time worked, but they're hopelessly inaccurate. And by the way, the median income in MN is around $58,000. In other words, some the most important and influential jobs in Minnesota are rewarded at a lower rate than more than half the wage earners in the state. Teachers know they're not going to get rich going into the job and don't expect to, but constantly being told they're overpaid gets old.

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naseth12Jan. 29, 1410:25 AM

Re: Teacher Compensation - Also, let's not forget that just getting to the point of being hired as a starting teacher (average salary closer to $30,000) costs $30,000 (St. Cloud State) or $55,000 (U of M/TC) and up in just tuition and fees. These numbers DO NOT include any living expenses.

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denierJan. 29, 14 3:34 PM

"Re: Teacher Compensation - Also, let's not forget that just getting to the point of being hired as a starting teacher (average salary closer to $30,000) costs $30,000 (St. Cloud State) or $55,000 (U of M/TC) and up in just tuition and fees. These numbers DO NOT include any living expenses." So what. Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, and Lawyers, etc. - all licensed professional obtain degrees that probably cost more.

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naseth12Jan. 29, 14 6:08 PM

denier - Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, and Lawyers, etc. - all licensed professionals that make a lot more.

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