This Just in From the HHSTA

Aug
19
2014
“Based on a true story…”
Published by HHSTA at 10:59 am under Association News

When you see “Based on a true story…” in a Hollywood trailer do you believe the movie is going to be like the real thing? No way, right? “Based on a true story…” is a nice way of saying the events and characters have been sensationalized and highly crafted to look like the real thing. It’s not the real thing.

The new board majority of Skoda, Corcoran, Manley and Casini understand how this works. That’s why they are now touting their version of a “salary schedule” in their latest proposal. But just like those Hollywood movies based on a true story, Skoda and Corcoran’s version of a “salary schedule” sure doesn’t resemble the real thing any more than a Hollywood movie does.

Why would they do such a thing?

Because Skoda and Corcoran are not interested in negotiating in good faith. By saying they are “offering a salary schedule” they are trying to undermine the support the teachers have from the community for continued use of a competitive salary schedule. If they can say they are offering a “salary schedule,” they can claim their proposal isn’t as extreme.

But don’t be fooled.

While some of the details of their proposal look like a salary schedule at first glance, a close inspection reveals the drastic change they are proposing. For example, a new hire with a MA and 10 years of experience would earn $10,000 less than that same teacher hired last year.

The comparison between Lyons Township and Hinsdale is equally clear: a teacher would earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less in her career at District 86 under the board’s offer than at neighboring LT.

Their “new” offer is just as uncompetitive as their previous offers.

A real salary schedule is used in every high school district in Illinois. District 86 has used a competitive salary schedule for decades and maintained the state’s highest possible financial rating.

Unfortunately, calling their latest offer a salary schedule is just another PR stunt by the board majority to create a distraction instead of make progress.

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