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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before, but I’m the VP of the local teacher’s association.  In this capacity I intervene when a teacher feels they are being treated unfairly by the administration.

A teacher came to me this morning with their paycheck stub.  The conversation follows:

Teacher:  I’m being underpaid.
Me:  What makes you think that?
Teacher:  If I take the first line on my paycheck and multiple it by 12 it doesn’t equal the amount that is listed on our salary schedule.
Me: (at this point I’m thinking that the payroll department didn’t bump him up a step for one more year of service.  this is a fairly common occurence at the beginning of the year)  How much are you short?
Teacher:  4 cents.
Me:  4 cents?
Teacher:  Yes.
Me:  Well, your annual salary doesn’t divide evenly by 12, its always off a few cents.  Your July check next year will have the “extra” 4 cents on it.
Teacher:  So I’m being underpaid every month and I’m supposed to wait until July to get caught up?
Me: (confused look)  Uhmmm, you realize we’re talking about one-fourth of a PENNY per month, right?
Teacher:  It is the principle.  They should pay me that 4 cents on the first check, not the last one.
Me:  (blank stare)
Teacher:  I want to file a grievance.
Me:  (blank stare)
Teacher:  Can I have the form please?
Me:  (blank stare)
Teacher:  (defiant stare)
Me:  No.  I’m not going to file a grievance over 4 cents.
Teacher:  Well.  That’s not very professional.
Me:  Seriously?  Seriously?  Get out of my room…


  1. That teacher must have it pretty good if all they have to complain about is four cents 🙂

  2. *lololol*snort*gurgle*


  3. Wow. It’s no wonder people don’t take some teachers seriously.

  4. WTF is right! What a nutjob.

  5. Seriously? Meh!

  6. “I’m sorry, your claim for the missing 4 cents will be nullified by the cost of the 3-part, non-carbon, form — which costs 27 cents to produce. So, unless you wanna cough up 27 cents to offset the cost of the form, you might wanna count yourself ahead 23 cents and GET THE HELL OUTTA MY ROOM!!!”

  7. 4 cents?? Really ??…4 cents??? Wow!!

  8. I think I have worked with that teacher before!! Give me a break! Don’t get me wrong, we all feel underpaid, but by way more than 4 cents!!

  9. Wow… that’s some brilliance… I’m glad that person is educating our children…

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