The state of North Carolina continues to be a joke in the scheme of things. We don’t believe in paying our teachers, we make exorbitant expenditures on things like bathrooms in the governor’s mansion, we hire inexperienced campaigners to work for the current administration and be paid almost six figures. We pay a contractor almost $40,000 for one month of work…
Yet we’re supposed to be taken seriously by anyone?
Highly unlikely. We are now ranked I believe 46th in the nation for teacher pay. Once the model state for how teachers are taken care of, we are the model butt of jokes now. With our 44% passing rate in the schools, absurd state employees salaries and extreme spending, I don’t know that we’ll ever reclaim our status as a progressive state. Generally speaking, state government employees have a vicious reputation of being lazy people who don’t do much work. That very well may be true for most and I have a great explanation for why.
When the average state employee makes about $33,000 a year and the cost of living continues to rise with no additional compensation, of course they’re going to get a bit lazy. Now you add in this factor: you’ve got an employee who has been at the same agency for five years with one raise making about $26,500. A new employee is hired for the same job, same amount of state government service, not the same experience because they are hailing from a completely different division yet they make almost $2,000 more than the person already in position. The employee already in position brings this to the supervisors attention and provides the paper work in the above link clearly stating a cost of living adjustment CAN be granted, yet the supervisor shuts them down. Tells the current employee there is no money and that they’ve NEVER heard of that ever being done; even though it’s printed in black and white.
Yet you expect the current employee to sit back and continue to hustle and reap no extra benefit? The current employee probably won’t cause too much ruckus about it out of fear of being fired, black balled or retaliated against by upper management. We all need our jobs in these uncertain times…so why risk even that little bit one is paid?
Something has to be done…soon. Management expects these low paid employees to do the work of three people yet gives zero motivation. The morale overall is crap within these offices and everyone has the same lethargic drag in their walk when they climb the stairs to their offices.
You take away our little things that made us so happy such as the casual Fridays. We can no longer have certain work schedules that would better accommodate single parents to be able to keep their heads slightly over poverty without having to pay extra for care of their children.
I can put money on it that probably 90% of the state employees in this state have a second job.
It shouldn’t be like that….