Welcome back to what should be a very interesting school year for 2017-2018. In 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court will probably take away automatic union dues for non-members (agency fees) which could really change the work place landscape. Maybe teachers will use the time before Janus v AFSCME is decided to think a little deeper about getting more active as far as union representation is concerned.
We will have 12.5% of the money that has been owed to us since 2009-2011 paid back interest free on the October 15 paycheck. The final 2% of the 2009-2011 retroactive 8% raises that other city unions received back then will at last be added to our regular pay next May and in June of 2018 we will see a 3% pay increase. That is the final raise of the subpar 2014 contract which will finally expire at the end of November 2018.
For the record I slept a few hours last evening which normally does not happen on the night before school starts. Either I am optimistic or close enough to retirement that some of the butterflies in my stomach have finally gone away.
As I am now getting to work, I feel some apprehension. The worry feels kind of normal. I am sure I will feel the same way Thursday when the kids arrive.
Have a great year all!