On Sept. 30, Tustin teachers were shocked by a 2% pay cut that was reflected in their first paycheck of the 1987-88 school year.
The pay cut came about because of a quirk in the current contract which ends in June, 1988. Two percent of the 6% raise in that contract was tied to lottery monies, with the stipulation that the 2% would continue into this school year if lottery apportionments reached $100 per Tustin student.
While the lottery apportionments reached roughly $92 statewide, Tustin's share will be closer to $87 because of a declining enrollment penalty. Still, that translates into $869,680 of the district budget.
The cost of the 2% is approximately $300,000, which would still leave over $500,000 for programs. But the board adopted the district administration's recommendation to cut teacher salaries by 2%.
Teachers have several concerns about the hard-line stance the district has taken: Teachers signed the contract in good faith so that if the lottery money disappeared the district would not be impacted. The district will receive $85 of the $100 apportionment, and they will not share the proportional amount with teachers. Because they did not get a full glass of water, they will give teachers no water.
What this means is that a teacher with an annual salary of $30,000 will lose $600 as the board's decision now stands. If, however, that same teacher would lose only what the district would lose short of $100 per student, that same teacher's pay reduction for the year would be $78, a significant difference.
Administrators who received the same raises as teachers will not lose 2% of their salary this year.
We urge the board to send their negotiator to the table with at least the usual 0% offer, thereby restoring the 2% pay cut. Then serious negotiations can begin. All we are asking for is fair treatment and fair salaries.
Korich is president of the Teachers Education Assn. in Tustin.