J and D's Corner

From the Letters Archive

Some local teachers were complaining they had not received a raise in several years, which elicited the response that on average they had all received something like 23.92% over, I think, a 3-year period.  This during a period when, for most "civilians" just  holding onto a job without a pay DECREASE was a major feat.

The teachers stoutly maintained that this really wasn't a "raise" at all, just what their contract called for. 

I really don't like to pick on teachers, but when they put on their union hats it somehow causes the brains to  fly out the window.


To:  AV Press

Date: 09/15/2010

Re:  Teachers Need A Dictionary

I read with amazement the assertions of various teachers union members that the almost 24% increase in salary they received was not really a “raise”. 

Here’s a flash: A raise is an “increase in wages or salary” and “increase” means “more”.   If your paycheck or benefit package increases, regardless of the reason for the increase, then honey, you got a raise.

Someone should instruct them on how to use a dictionary. No wonder the children they educate are having such a hard time functioning in the real world.