In reading your story on the proposed budget cuts in the schools for next year, (see: School Budget Forecast: Class Size, Taxes Up; Staff Size Down) I was pretty amazed to read this quote from Ann Borselino, president of the Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association: “To ask us to take on additional responsibilities and shoulder a pay cut as well is going too far.”
Hello, Ms. Borselino? Look around you. In many businesses and professions, people are being asked to take on additional responsibilities and even accept a pay cut. We’re in a recession! Things are tough!
In some cases, employees have agreed to across-the-board salary reductions in order to save the jobs of colleagues. Stories in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal about this phenomenon both pointed out that morale in the workplace actually increased when this happened. People don’t want to see their coworkers unemployed.
I hope the teachers’ union will consider making concessions in its contract, and that the school board will then move heaven and earth to preserve those jobs. I’m all for teachers being paid better; they do god’s work, in my opinion. But we’re in extraordinary times and ordinary rules no longer apply.