Michael Thompson: What about other state workers?

December 5, 2013 

The Dec. 2 editorial “Lesson learned?” caught my attention. I don’t begrudge teachers a penny of money the NCAE can wring out of the legislature for them. My beef is this: Teachers are not the only state employees on the short end of pay increases.

I have worked over 24 years with the Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, and there hasn’t been a substantial raise for any state worker since 2007 (4 percent). I know those in the private sector are hurting, too. I believe anyone who does a job well should be rewarded. But if Gov. Pat McCrory is thinking about pumping up teacher pay, then he better be pumping up all state worker pay.

The correctional officer, the DOT worker, the employment security worker, all of us deserve the same consideration as any teacher because we all draw from the same well.

Michael Thompson

Burgaw

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