There is no doubt that the teachers in the North Clackamas School District deserve the raise they “bargained” for and are getting. Please remember that the top salary in the district for a teacher is $68,113 and that does NOT include benefits or PERS contributions.
In the United States there are roughly 130,000,000 jobs (although that number is declining fairly rapidly). 80% of those jobs pay less than $60,000 per year. So, you see, North Clackamas teachers need that raise — those at the top of the salary schedule are only in the top 20% of salary earners in the nation. (job salary figures from BusinessWeek, September 2009)