Fanfare over teacher salary fades as districts prepare new budgets, but our local unions are pushing to keep the promise for higher school employee wages

While the House Bill 3 school finance law from last session boosted school employee salaries to a great degree for many districts, one of the bill’s faults was that these raises were by no means equal statewide. How districts are structuring their budgets for next year is all over the map, with some wanting to continue the promised investments now while they can, and others slamming their coffers closed. Since there still is vast inequity in funding from district to district, the local decisions will vary.

Regardless, having a local union fighting for our members is a key to ensuring investments continue, as evidenced by our Socorro AFT union, which just secured a 2% pay raise and a $1,000 stipend for employees next year.