The St. Louis City teachers union rejected a contract proposal offering a 3.5 percent raise after officials said the offer is a “slap to the face.”
Union leaders said their constituents are dealing with doing more work, but aren’t getting paid more money and this proposal isn’t going to cut it. For several months, the teachers have been protesting focusing on declining salaries and lack of advancement.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the 3.5 percent raise was proposed through 2017 with no advancement up the salary ladder – a huge point of contention for hundreds of experienced teachers who make the same as their rookie colleagues.
The Post-Dispatch reports teachers haven’t advanced on the salary scale since 2009. St. Louis teachers last received a raise during the 2012-13 school year, though district officials told News 4 teachers received one-time salary adjustments the last two school years.
With public school teacher pay dropping every year since 2010, union reps told the Post-Dispatch it’s time to act. However, it remains to be seen what those actions might be since Missouri law prevents teachers from striking.
In September, district officials told News 4 declining resources prohibited the district from providing additional salary increases while remaining fiscally responsible this year.
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