The Dundalk Eagle
Teachers voting on new contract; anger over loss of step increases
Baltimore County teachers are voting this week on their new contract — and it could be headed to an impasse.
There is disagreement around two key issues: a 1 percent cost of living (COLA) increase rather than the usual “step increases,” and moving from a 10-month pay system to a 12-month system.
Currently, a teacher’s salary is paid out over 10 months; the change would spread it out over 12 months (smaller paychecks spread out ovcer an entire year, as opposed to larger paychecks but two months without being paid at all — the summer, obviously).
“People have been fighting for years to have their pay spread over 12 months so they get some money in the summer,” said a Baltimore County teacher who asked not to be identified. “People are [angry] the superintendent didn’t fund
our step increases.”