The Wages of Striking


Mike Antonucci explains how much union officials who called the LA strike actually negotiated for their members.  Such a deal!

Kyle Stokes of LAist covered the Los Angeles teacher strike like a blanket, and his most recent find is a side agreement between the district and union regarding how teacher pay will be reduced for the days missed during the walkout.

Strikers lost seven days of pay, but the two sides agreed that the total amount would not be deducted from a single monthly paycheck. Rather, it will be spread out over the next six months.

Since the new deal gives teachers retroactive raises of three percent for the last two years, they still come out ahead. The contract delivers about $4,567 additional dollars to the average LA teacher.

But they won’t be paid for the days on strike. I count 216 workdays, unassigned days and holidays on the district calendar. That average teacher will see about $2,579 deducted.

That nets her a total of $1,988 over the two years. That’s a cumulative raise of 2.65 percent, which is roughly what you would get with two consecutive 1.3 percent raises.