Letters to the Editor

Broward faculty

Broward College exemplifies the impact of class warfare on American workers.

The Board of Trustees, appointed by Gov. Scott, is about to give the college faculty a $750 one-time payment for 2014-2015 and a 2.3 percent raise for 2015-2016.

At the same time, the board plans to raise their insurance deductible from $1,000 to $3,750 per family. Employees will see their cost for mail order non-formulary prescriptions raised from $130 to $210 for each prescription. For 40 years, faculty have been able to get paid for unused sick leave when they retire. The policy encouraged faculty to show up for work for students and saved the college the cost of hiring substitutes.

Now, the board plans to reimburse employees for only 50 percent of their unused sick days, which will cost each faculty member $40-50,000 when they retire, increase the college's costs for substitutes and, unintentionally, increase the college's healthcare expenses as employees with minor health issues will be expected to seek medical treatment.

Net faculty compensation decreases every year, while the board hires hundreds of administrators, many politically connected, all paid a higher salary than the highest-paid faculty member.

The Broward Board of Trustees penchant to reward administrators explains the death of the American Dream. The people who decide which employees most need to be rewarded always choose to reward themselves.

Jim Wilson, Plantation