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One Year and One Day

Tenure is such a magical notion. With the power of tenure, you cannot be fired/let go/etc. without good (and well documented) reasoning and without a fight from the Union. There is two major steps in achieving tenure in this district:
1. Being on a permanent contract (I know that seems like common sense, but I'm not even at this stage yet)
2. Working for the district for one year and one day.

And, yes, in the past, that one day has made a difference. Anywho, moving on...

The Union and the School Board are at war. No, Joe Public does not realise what is going on. He might feel a slight tremor, but then pass it off as flatulence. And no, for those who were not aware, it is illegal for teachers to strike in this province. So, unless there is "demonstrations" organized or leaked information (which is unethical and highly illegal), Joe Public wouldn't care either.... until possibly next year....

Can you imagine a school year that had no sports teams? No after school help? No Christmas/Winter concerts? No school trips? No Proms, Safe Grads, or school dances? You might think of it as impossible, but it could be a reality. Who would you blame for that?

Stay Tuned for more action-packed excitement...

Poll #491411 Whose Head Will Roll?

If extra-curricular programs did not exist, who would you blame? (Feel free to answer honestly)

Teachers, since it is their job to provide these things to students
1(20.0%)
Parents, since it's their support that makes these programs worthwhile
0(0.0%)
Students, since they are the participators
0(0.0%)
School Board, since they govern everything school oriented
4(80.0%)

Comments

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guylostinthesno
May. 11th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
sucky
I had written out a huge post but i deleted it due tothe fact i said too much and would mor ethen likely piss to many ppl off. either way SUPPORT THE DAMN TEACHERS . and no i dont say that because i am sleeping with one. or because she dos my laundry and does dishes. wait a tick. maybe i am ...... anyoen hear the sound of a whip!? lol KIDDING.. love u babe. he he he he... woot new house 50 more days
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
what do teachers want?
geez, you get summers off, an 8 to 5 monday to friday job. You get to help mold the minds of young adults. You can apparently buy a house. You get really nice presents for your friends from former work and university wedding in june. I say buck up soldier.

but on a side note, I'm a strong supporter of unionized workers and will stand beside you during your time of crisis. Billy Bragg said it best when he said "there is power in the union" did I mention presents for weddings?

Hope you are ok.
Joel Public
dreamfilled
May. 11th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: what do teachers want?
Presents for weddings??? Come on, I just acquired "grown-up debt". *sighs* I guess I can check what I have in my slushie and ice cream fund. *snickers*
opera_queen
May. 11th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
While I obviously support teachers, your Teacher's Association does have the "rep" of being unreasonable in negotiations. (*sorry*)

Working to Contract is a last resort kinda thing. At least you guys have a current contract (I think I'm correct in saying that).

One thing I am already sick of hearing (and I'm only part way through my first year of teaching) is the "but you guys get the summers off". WE DON"T GET PAID FOR THE SUMMER, OR CHRISTMAS OR SPRING BREAK! No vacation pay, no banked holidays...nothing. The amount of prep/extra curricular time far outweighs the 1 1/2 months of summer vacation.

There was an interesting article in the MTS newsletter a few weeks ago comparing teacher salaries to other jobs. Although it was cool for me to read, I really think Joe Public needs to read it too.

I'm miffed.

Opera_Queen
dreamfilled
May. 11th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
*grins* Not a prob. My Union is having some "disagreements" with MTS as well. I just find it hypocritical that the current presidente (Mr. A) is the one fighting against this Union, even though he's protesting against things that we have/do that he himself has fought for and implemented. *rolls eyes*
opera_queen
May. 12th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
I've heard some of the goings on.

I suppose one could rationale that el presidente now sees the other side of the coin, so to speak.

You really should phone me and let me know the story. I love teacher gossip. You can bitch about your Board and I'll bitch about mine! GIVE ME MY BACK-PAY!
opera_queen
May. 12th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
Obviously I meant "rationalize" -- give me a break it's 10 PM, and WAY past my bedtime!
pen_girl
May. 12th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
G'ah!
How do you fill in this blasted poll, anyway?!
dreamfilled
May. 13th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: G'ah!
*laughs* It's hasn't been a fun time for you now, has it.
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