Walker Redefines Act 10's "Base Wages": Teachers' Pay Likely to be Slashed by 30% | Wis.Community

Walker Redefines Act 10's "Base Wages": Teachers' Pay Likely to be Slashed by 30%

Davis agreed and said that a commonly used "guesstimate" for the effect of the changes was that about 30% of the wages actually paid to teachers would not be counted as part of the total wages.

Davis says that it is possible, however, for school districts to volunteer to give teachers bonuses for their additional education.  This hypothetical make-up pay, to bring wages back up to their current level, would have to occur outside of a union contract. But, even this scenario is implausible considering that the budget will be worse this year than last year and the vast majority of school districts will not have any money left for bonuses after the contracts have been signed.

As an example of how this will play out, below is the pay scale for the Monticello School District's teachers.  Previously, the maximum a teacher could earn in the district was $52,927-- which is what someone who has a Masters degree, 24 hours of college credit and 12 years of experience is paid.  Under the new rule, the maximum a teacher will be able to earn  in future contracts is $38,167, which is the maximum for a teacher that has the minimum educational requirements, but many years of experience.

Nobody in their wildest nightmare thought Act 10 was going to be this devastating to teachers and other public workers.

Published

April 23, 2012 - 2:15pm

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