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standing up for yourself


Date: Sun Aug 18 2002 - 15:41:41 PDT

Yes and no! I have been told not to say things about my schedule, doing
extra work, etc. And I did not..but if I had gone to my union person, there
is absolutely nothing anyone could have done. I could not be let go for
bringing to light a scheduling issue or an observation, etc. Am I tenured?
No not yet...the end of this coming year.

However, I do know first year teachers who complained about schedules,
observations, etc...and they were listened to and supported by our union reps
and president. In all honesty...if you have the law/contract on your side,
they cannot fire you because you complained. If they do then you have cause
to go after them.

When I brought this up to our union person.....she told me many
administrators are counting on the fact that you are new and won't say
anything. One teacher I work with said her principal told her that she had
to do some of her extra contractual hours at night. NO where is it written
when you fulfill your extra hours (in our district we have to give 30 hours
above the school year...for most of us it is more like 300!) that you have to
do them at night. Yet that is what this principal said to her.

And...last but not least...would you really want to work in a district that
would treat you so poorly??? Better to work at Wal-Mart than put in
thousands (yes begining teachers log approximately 3000 hours their first
year) than be treated in an unprofessional manner.