So, my last day of school is tomorrow, and the baby's due date is Sept. 26. My dd came 10 days early with only 4 hours of active labor. I'm off until the next school year because paying 2 daycare/preschools would take my entire salary. Fun year financially, I received a 10% pay cut, my husband's 3% paycut, and our savings were wiped out (MIL's funeral, major house repairs etc.). Long story. So anyways, I received 4 sick days the second week of school but lost one due to the sick leave pool. I have no other sick leave as I used up what I had saved for my MIL's funeral last school year and then the remainder for dr's appointments.
So, I call down to the district office to check on my leave today and find out that I will not be getting credit for the 3 days of SL because I'm off of work as of tomorrow evening??? My pay stub says I have those days (actually it says I have an additional 5 days of personal leave as well but apparently that is nonexistent?). With no savings left, and a tiny paycheck coming, I'm going to need to start waitressing or something 2 weeks after the baby is born at this rate. It's only 3 days of pay, but that is $800 before taxes. That will buy a month of groceries!
I love my school but the district is doing all it can to break the contract and screw over the teachers. Morale has never been this low. And I'm stressed already because my DH is away next Mon. & Tues, and my MW is away from Wed. to the following Wed. My friend who is coming down to look after DD while I'm in labor can't get here next week and I've been feeling massive cramps and pressure all week. I can't even have chocolate because I have GD!
Okay, deep breath. I have a roof over my head, a full fridge at the moment, and lots of good things happening. The money woes will be fixed, even if I do need to borrow into my retirement.
Thanks for listening.
Ugh, that sucks. :-( Employers sure do make it easy for women to have babies and be mothers, don't they?
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Thanks for your support. Luckily my principal and office manager thought the situation was ludicrous when I went in to speak with them yesterday morning. My principal pulled out the contract, read it, and said "they can't do that!". His next question was if I am a union member (I am) and he told me to contact the union which was already on my to do list. So, I'm waiting to hear back from them and if necessary I'll file a grievance. Like I posted, I love my school, it's the district which is a mess!
And yes, I'm a librarian for a high school. Love it, but I am also looking forward to staying home for a year. Planning on going back next school year. My dd will be 4 then and eligible for voluntary pre-kindergarten so her preschool fees will be cut in half.
Wish me luck!