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Teachers Union Cites $15 Million Pay Gap Due To Favoritism

The St. Louis Public Schools District declined to comment on a matter of pending litigation.

June 27, 2018 - 8:59 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis teacher's union accuses the St. Louis Public Schools District of underpaying more than a thousand teachers, while others in the district with the same qualifications get paid more based on who they know.

Teacher's Union Local 420 president Sally Topping says some of the well-paid educators have relatives in administration, while others went to the same fraternity or sorority. Altogether, Topping says there's a $15 million annual pay gap betweened the connected and the not.

Toppings says by simply looking at district's own salary and personnel data, you could find cases of nepotism. 

The district declined to comment on a matter of pending litigation.

The union filed its first grievance on the issue in February and the case is headed for binding arbitration August 29th.