A few things to consider in regard to Fruitport Teachers
A quick history of bargaining
4+ Years of Wage and Step Increase (pay for experience) Freezes
District retirement contributions frozen
Tuition reimbursement frozen
Certificate renewal reimbursement frozen
Annual increases in insurance premiums.
Any one or two of these elements in-and-of-itself might not be cause for alarm, but the repeated loss of all of them at once, and over the course of a six year period has taken a toll on each and every employee in the district. These dramatic cuts earnings have caused great hardship, and now that the dust has settled and funding has stabilized we are asking that the district keep its word and lift some of the temporary freezes that have been associated with our conditions of employment.
Fruitport Teachers and Professional Staff have been frozen for 4 out of the 5 past years
Insurance costs have risen by $492.84 a month since 2010
A teacher with 5 years experience has lost $120,000 in lifetime earnings due to freezes
A teacher 6 years away form retirement will see a decrease of $2,000 a year in their pension earnings.