Sunday, May 28, 2023

Our New Annual Pay If The Pattern Holds By Year

As we approach the end of the school year, it's a pretty good time to remind you that the union and the city both want a new teacher contract in place by the end of the school year. As we wait, there has been a lot of published misinformation about the possible pay from this soon-to-be-agreed upon contract (and way too much commentary). 

As it stands, it's probably a good bet that we won't receive any pay from this deal until just beyond September.  This is because some folks would have you believe that if you don't VOTE NO on the contract, your medical insurance will run out and you won't be able to visit a doctor. But it is also because others will soon soon be running across the whole city trying to get you to believe that if you don't VOTE YES on the contract, your medical insurance will run out and you won't be able to visit a doctor). 

They're both nuts. 

Yes we're getting screwed. And yes, we're also getting a raise. And we need to know how much it looks like we're going to recieve. 

Here at doenuts, I subscribe to an insanely old theory that teachers are highly educated and can make up their own minds for themselves.  So I took a minute and calculated how our raises may look if we get the same patterned deal that DC37 received. That deal includes:

  • A $3000 check if we vote yes.
  • 3% for 2023
  • 3% for 2024 
  • 3.5% for 2025 
Here is what DC 37 received (don't forget,  their first two years of raises were from the city's previous pattern. We have already received that pattern raise so I added an annotation so it makes more sense). 

 This data comes from the DC37 website and I added the annotations after. Here's the link

So how would these raises look in our paychecks? I used this old tool (called math) to figure it all out and, want to share it with you here. You all have lives and families and we can all use at least an idea of what the new pay will be.  See below. 

(Karen Disclaimer: While there may be a mistake here and there, these numbers are fairly accurate calculations and should give you an idea of how your new check will look.  But if you do catch a math error, just let me know in the comments and I'll adjust (if you're correct. If you're one of those sanctimonious folks and you're wrong, I'll just make fun of you here for as long as I care to and send you a box of day old doenuts).



  1. The last pay increase was May 2021. There was no increase in May 2022. There should be a 3% increase for May 2022 added to your chart. Also the last column is not viewable.

  2. No. The contract was active in May of 2022 and expired in September of that year (9/13/22) with the last raise negotiated as taking place in May of 2021. There is no raise for May of 2022. That is how it was negotiated.
    Also, there is no negotiation taking place (which I’m aware of) covering a period of time already negotiated in the previous contract. If you are aware of any such negotiation taking place please share (here or email). Any retro would count only from 9/13/22 to the time of this contract. And I’m not even considering that here.

    The last column is perfectly viewable. Hold you thumb over the page or something. Maybe ask Google. idk what to tell you.

    1. You stated May 26, 2022 3% compounded "We already have these raises". Now you say "there was no raise for May of 2022" this is correct. So why state we got a 3% raise in May of 2022 in the first place when we never did. Yes, the contract was active, but there was NO raise in May of 2022. There should be a raise in Sept 2022 the raises were in May because the contract was extended after the raise dates were set.
      We have not received a pay raise in 2 years. The pattern is far below inflation 3% a year and then skipping an entire year
      2021 then a raise in 2023 of 3% cuts the raise in half.
      Point is we did not receive a 3% increase in 2022 in is inaccurate to state otherwise.

  3. Please don't use the sexist term Karen. It's beneath you and insulting. It offensive. I don't call you Boomer. Also, every contract I ever voted NO for (all of them) the first raise went back to where the previous contract ended, so dismissing that, is dismissing the past.

    1. Thanks for this. Apologies for the late approval (I don't check as often as I used to). And thanks for reading! While the term may be offensive for some, I have also noticed it widely used by men and women to describe someone who is nitpicking, nosy and or shaming or publicly shameful in nature or in action. My goal here is to just communicate and, unless a term is widely accepted as being offensive by most or all from a group, I'm going to go ahead and use it. In the case of Karen, many understand what the term conveys and most, in my experience, don't feel it is a sexist reference (and again, this based on my experience observing people from the potentially affected group (women) who are using it. May I suggest trying to convince people to not use it by laying out a thoughtful argument that uses evidence to try ton convince people? I would be happy to publish your thoughts. If you're not a natural writer I'd be happy to help you hash them out. . In the meantime, I'm going to continue using it. (Also, I'm from the GenX tribe. I'm no Boomer).

  4. What about September 2022 to May 2023 ? We should get retro for that time period.