The Dundalk Eagle

Teach­ers vot­ing on new con­tract; anger over loss of step in­creases

- By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Society · Baltimore

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.”

 ?? PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARY­LAND PATCH ?? Baltimore County Pub­lic Schools teach­ers dis­agree on new con­tract ahead of a crit­i­cal vote this week.
PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARY­LAND PATCH Baltimore County Pub­lic Schools teach­ers dis­agree on new con­tract ahead of a crit­i­cal vote this week.

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