(Closed) Teacher furlough days

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I completely understand your feelings.  Why we pay some people some things and others not so much is beyond me.  My Fiance is a pilot.  I thought all pilots made really good money.  Not the case.  The pilots flying the small planes make less then 20,000 a year.  And then they don’t get medical until after 6 months of being employed.  Some companies make them pay for their own time in a flight simulator to prove they can do the job.  And many of them paid over 100,000 to learn to fly and have loans for this education. 

Am I crazy, but these people fly 1,000 of people around everyday and they are living in poverty.

Don’t get me wrong if they’ve been there for at least 10-15 years they start making good money.  But they have to survive the first few years to get there.  And to make matters worse every time they turn around there are more layoffs.

It’s scary and Fiance and I just hope that we survive the next few rounds of layoffs.  I don’t know if I could support us alone.

Thanks for letting me vent!

Post # 4
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I got furloughed 10 days this past fiscal year that just ended- losing the money was a real pain, but the time off was wonderful, I definitely used it for some wedding planning.  I did get a small stipend (less than minimum wage) through unemployment, they called it a “shared work program”.  Something to look into with your state.  It didn’t do much for my bottom line, but it paid for a few tanks of gas and some groceries- plus I’m not about to argue getting paid a few dollars an hour to goof off around the house.  They had a few stipulations that you can’t combine it in the same week as vacation or sick time, but it was definitely better than nothing. 

Post # 5
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

liztwinz – I am a teacher, too, but we haven’t had to do furlough days, yet (there were rumors floating around school last year that we would, but it hasn’t happened). I don’t think it will, since I think our parents wouldn’t like the kids to miss random days of school.

It is ridiculous how teachers are paid! Forget ball players and celebrities: I have a Master’s degree and years of experience, but I am paid far less than friends I graduated with who only have bachelor’s degrees. You have to remind yourself it can’t be about the money….easier said than done I know. Just try to enjoy the days off!

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee

Just a personal opinion (so no one shoot me) but it seems like teachers are paid poorly because the community values football players over their children’s (or neighbor’s children’s) education.  As someone who works in academia (with a large state run University), I understand the importance of education and feel that if we do not put our resources into it we will be failing another generation.  Sadly, this is not how the rest of our communities feel. 

This is when I get really angry with the rants.  My Fiance loves to rant about his Fair Tax and does nothing to solve our horrible tax structure.  I get the same anger when I see community members complain about teacher’s pay or property taxes.  Come on people, these are our communities, our children, and our jobs (& money)! It would be great to see teachers in our community try to get the neighborhood involved. Letting off hot air will do nothing but rile others up. Lets educate and try to get people on board! 

I just would love to see people doing something to change the way our communities see public education. Let’s do something great ladies 🙂

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