LETTER: Under valued in WisconsinIn August 2008, I moved to Wisconsin to begin teaching as an assistant professor at UW-Superior.
In August 2008, I moved to Wisconsin to begin teaching as an assistant professor at UW-Superior.
Now, five years later, I’m leaving that position and would like to explain why.
There are many factors that went into my decision, so it’s not just a simple choice. But one of those factors was salary.
In 2008, I started at the bottom-rung of the salary ladder. Since then my take-home pay has been reduced, repeatedly. (All this is public information available on the internet and anyone can verify the data.) This past year, I was taking home about 10 percent less than in 2008. My salary is and was 128th of the 128 faculty at UW-Superior.
There was some talk of a 1 percent pay increase for 2014, which sounded to me just like a slap in the face.
I think state government can best support society and the overall quality of life by supporting public education. Others think state government should be focusing on business, money and corporations. Perhaps I’m wrong, and they’re right.
Some think that if public employees have good health care and private sector employees have poor health care, then the public employees should be dragged down to a lower level so everyone is equal. I think it would be better to bring the private sector employees up to the levels public employees used to enjoy. But again, perhaps I’m wrong about that.
I really like the Superior/Duluth area and will miss it. I hope that in the future I can return to teaching in the area.