Tin ear

When it comes to having a tin ear, unions, we suppose, are the most likely to be infected.

Take, for instance, the Anchorage Education Association’s contract negotiations with the Anchorage School District. The first of two public negotiating sessions started this week, with the second slated for today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school district’s headquarters.

So far, both sides have agreed to a few niggling details, but the real show is going to be over pay.

The union wants a 3.75 percent salaries increase in the first year of the pact and 3.25 percent increases in the second and third years. The district, for its part, is offering zero percent in the first year and a 0.5 percent increase in the second year, and 1 percent in year three.

The district says that is $50 million over its budget. Put another way, those proposed raises could cost taxpayers $50 million more as Alaska struggles out of a recession and a more than 7 percent unemployment rate. The district’s offer reflects fiscal reality.

In our view, district officials should stick to their guns and protect the taxpayers they serve.

2 Responses to Tin ear

  1. Bill Hutchison August 8, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I share the editor’s viewpoint. I’d like to also recommend home schooling for families with just one parent working. Perhaps young families could form a cooperative with teaching duties rotating among the families. If that idea finds support, I’d be glad to provide data processing support to link folks fairly close to each other.

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  2. Marge Hansen August 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I always ask: Will the REAL Budget please stand up. There is so much waste in the school district. They got rid of the internal auditors. HMMM They could cut the number or principals at the high schools. There are so many ways the budget could be cut, It is always the teachers that get left out. I think we should cut the salaries of all National sports players and pay teachers for what they are worth.

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