The public outrage to the teacher salary structure, which rewards teachers who have the most seniority with the least amount of salary increase, is understandable but naive.
The GOP legislature patterned this compensation scale on a too-common business practice. Once employees are closer to retirement than the start of careers, their value slowly diminishes despite the years of experience. Their dilemma is to accept a decreasing percentage of salary increase or to resign and seek employment elsewhere, although age and one’s specific skill set might make that problematic.
The employer holds all the high cards. If the older employee resigns, she will be replaced by a younger, lower-paid employee. If the older employee continues on to retirement, annual salary and benefit increases will be minimal.
For many businesses, the numerous years of experience are trumped by the bottom line. In the GOP’s version of free-market capitalism, employees are commodities, whose value is subject to that bottom line.
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What a despicable approach this is to serving the people of the North Carolina!
Bill Rich, Morehead City