Sunday, June 26, 2011

Green Bay Teachers Whine About Having to Work 8-hr Days

We picked up an an interesting article this past week.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, teachers in the Green Bay Area School District make an average salary of $51,355 with fringe benefits worth $26,410 for a total of $77,765 per year. According to the DPI, a Wisconsin school year is 180 days. 
With these numbers, the average Green Bay teacher makes approximately $432.03 per day. With the addition of a half hour to the school day, Green Bay teachers will see their hourly wage decrease from $57.60 to just $54.00 per hour.
Do SPASD Teachers Have it as Good? 
The school day for bargaining unit members shall consist of eight (8)consecutive hours ...

Within the aforesaid eight (8) consecutive hour day, the bargaining unit member agrees to be in school a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes prior to 8 the start of class and a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes following the conclusion of his/her assigned instructional and supervision schedule. The eight (8) hours include a minimum of thirty (30) continuous, duty-free minutes for lunch.
--2011-12 SPEA contract (XXVI. WORKING CONDITIONS, B. School Day).

Now, at first glance, some might argue that by paying for their 30-min. lunch, we might only be getting a 7.5 hr work-day ourselves.  Most employers do not pay their employees during lunch.  Most employees are free to take 3-60 minutes of unpaid time for lunch.  What most employers DO offer, however, is a paid 15 minute break in the morning and another in the afternoon.  If, instead of offering paid breaks, we offer paid 30 minute lunch that not equivalent?