Concerned recently received this email from a teacher. The email was apparently sent to "all users" by an Armor elementary teacher and Hamburg graduate who will get laid off at the end of the year. Please read her "thoughts" (bulldog purple) and then Concerned's comments at the bottom.
"Some thoughts from a teacher who got the "letter" [Click here for post on the "letter"] and is getting axed this year unless the contract is approved...
It may be easy for those of you who are safe from getting cut because of your seniority level to say "send a message to the district." However, we have a chance to save jobs here people. If these cuts happen, and they will happen because THERE IS NO MONEY, then say hello to increased class sizes. Say hello to your seniority number going down because those of us who are getting axed are your buffer. EVERYONE will be affected with these cuts, including #7 from the bottom (that's me, people) or # 52.
Think of how greedy the Hamburg teachers will look to the public when we had a chance to save jobs and did nothing. If you went to any of the recent meetings where the public spoke out, they want to know what we are doing (both administration and the teachers/staff) to help with the budget crisis. Once word gets out that we voted the contract down and are not willing to do anything, then good luck passing the budget. Times are tough EVERYWHERE and the public wants to see some effort being made by the district.
We are a UNION people...where is your conscience? We aren't the only district that is going through hard times this year, so stop acting like it. So send your "message" at the cost of jobs and people's livelihoods? Selfish. I mean, what have YOU got to lose because you're safe due to your seniority, right? Great message that you're sending out. Do you teach your students the same???
I will be voting YES
p.s. If I lose my job then all of you naysayers can help me move my classroom supplies and pay my mortgage. Seriously."
Concerned's comments: the post is titled "Class Warfare" because that is exactly what is happening in Hamburg. The young, poor teachers not only get paid very little, they also are the first to get cut. Young teachers are begging older ones to retire to possibly "save their jobs." Veteran teachers who are on the largest step increases don't want to freeze their salaries [click here for teachers' contracted salaries]*. Concerned singled out this email because it exemplifies the type of class warfare just described. It is also quite clear that this email was sent by a pretty classless young woman; a women with a serious sense of entitlement. Some questions to consider:
- Did this young woman consider the teachers laid off in the previous two years?
- Did she consider that unlike her, some of the teachers and staff were in the District for 10-15 years?
- Did she consider that unlike her, these teachers not only had a mortgage but also children?
- Did she consider that unlike her, some of them were the sole income earners for their households?
- Did she consider that some of them would be unable to afford health insurance?
- Is her mind that small and is she that self-centered that she cannot understand that each person's life situation is unique and she shouldn't judge others, trivialize their needs or put her needs above the needs of anyone else?
- Does she realize that "all users" may not care for her opinion?
- Where was she when they were getting laid off?
- Was she there to help them clean out their classrooms?
PS: this teacher is a graduate of Hamburg High School and the Teachers' Union Vice-President lauded her for her email.
*NOTE: This reflects the salary schedule until 2009.