Even before school ended, Franklin Lakes teachers reached their boiling point after two years of contract negotiations. They went on strike, which led to the closure of schools one day in June before the school board and the union reached an interim agreement. Teachers` contracts usually extend over a period of one school year or 10 months. As long as a teacher is under contract, he cannot leave the employment relationship without asking for the dismissal of the contract. In addition, schools cannot dismiss a teacher for the duration of the contract without a court hearing. Vargas shared no plans to communicate with parents, students and communities about the impasse or what it means for students. “We have had a lot of trouble getting things done at the bargaining table, but we want to reassure everyone in the community that the problem will not come to the classroom. What goes into the classroom is who we are as professional educators. As counselors, we want to help every student do their best,” Hannan said. Many counties reach an agreement in the fall, according to data from the NJSBA, which tracks contract negotiations in 578 school districts across the state. Mosley said: “I`m sure people in the community will ask what they can do to help.
We do not ask families to bring us supplies. We are asking families to take a close look at how their taxpayers` money is being used and whether their tax money for education in Manchester is being used entirely to fund education and whether the education system receives the money our students and staff earn. It`s not just about our salary and our contract. It is really a stand to show the community what is not available to their children. Montclair: Only white college teachers have been allowed to teach additional classes, the complaint says: “Teachers` morale suffers when they return to school without a new contract,” Givan said. “But when the school is back in session, it gives teachers the opportunity to take action, talk to students and parents, and get support. It`s bad for morale, but it creates ammunition in the fight for better contracts. “We have a legacy of manchester`s second and third generation of educators. People educate their children to go to education and stay in the school district and stay in the city. It`s an incredible cry for what this city is,” Mosley said.
Other districts returning to school under an expired contract include Palisades Park, Dumont, Upper Saddle River and Paramus. “More than 3.5 million full-time teachers in the United States have to work an average of 38.2 hours a week, (…) But if you take into account all the other school activities that teachers participate in, such as extracurricular conferences, staff meetings, and after-school programs, they actually work 53.3 hours in a typical work week. (…) For most other occupations, a typical U.S. work week in 2017 was 42.3 hours, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When schools closed in June for the summer holidays, many teachers left their districts without a clear head. The two teachers and district councillors featured in the video above and interviewed below are: Mosley said, “I`ve been here for forty years; This is not the first time we have worked according to the letter of the contract. It gets harder and harder every time. This period is perhaps the most difficult I have ever seen, because for many of our employees, their steps (salary levels) have been frozen for three years, so they have already lost between $60,000 and $100,000 or more over the course of their careers. That`s a lot of money to lose a family.
We have over thirty people who have left the district to go to other jobs, not only because of the salary scale, but many of them are. People go to other counties where the starting salary is $10,000 to $15,000 more than we are because they are paid at the right level. The community needs to understand that this is a much larger issue than the teachers` contract: are we funding education in Manchester at the level our community deserves? “We invite people to wear red on Mondays to support public education, not for the union, but to support teachers and other employees who work without a contract. We have a systemic funding problem and something needs to change,” Mosley said. Many teachers in Manchester work in second and even third jobs to make ends meet, as is typical elsewhere in the United States. CNN reported a national survey: “In addition to the teaching work they take home, many educators take extra work or a second job to supplement their income. In the 2015-2016 school year, 17.9 percent of public school teachers had jobs outside the school system, according to the NCES. In addition, 44.5% benefited from extracurricular activities within the school system, resulting in additional salaries.
“With rising healthcare costs, the paycheck doesn`t go that far due to the rising cost of living,” Givan said. Teachers cannot afford health care for themselves and their families. This pushes them to ask for compensation by other means. Hannan said, “This is probably the only profession in the world where we are expected to provide almost everything we need for our work, and we do it extraordinarily well. Most other companies offer the tools you need for your work. Some books are turned over and the shelves are covered because almost all the books on the shelves were bought by the teachers. Hannan said: “We understand the financial constraints for the city. In recent years, the state has funded much of the retirement, but now much of it is the responsibility of school districts. It takes a very large portion of the district funds from what we would use for the education of our students. While this is happening and there is nothing we can do about it, we can work closely with the district on everything else.
Although wages and benefits are part of the negotiations, we can work on our rights as workers and our working conditions. Many of them have been cut off, so it would be great to move forward with them. There are priorities: some things don`t have to be discussed before the end of the year, such as the school calendar. We have put in place a lot of things that are inexpensive or free, such as joint committees that work on everything from special education to justice. We have those who are made as classroom teachers and who could be inspired to walk with dignity, especially those who are at the top of the ladder, and then bring these new faces who are excited to come to schools, learn what we do and make a positive impact. MANCHESTER, NH – Students and staff in Manchester will return to school on Wednesday, Sept. 5, despite teachers working without a contract. The contract expired in June and contract negotiations between the Manchester Board of School Committee (BOSC) and the Manchester Education Association (MEA) are still ongoing. “Rule work pulls teachers in the foot and hurts students by taking away valuable time and resources,” explained Rachel Rex, science teacher and gtA vice-president, “On the other hand, it shows the administration, parents and the community as a whole how much teachers do beyond their contracts for their students and the school.” Some teachers have successfully argued that the provisions of a teacher`s manual grant the teacher certain contractual rights.
However, this is not common because many employee manuals contain clauses stating that the manual is not a contract. For a provision of a textbook to be legally binding, the teacher must prove that the actions of the teacher and the school district were such that the elements of the preparation of a contract were fulfilled. “It`s pretty typical for teachers and other public sector employees to continue working without a contract,” said Rebecca Givan, associate professor of industrial relations at Rutgers University. “If things drag on, teachers may become more frustrated and take action.” The teachers made a statement when leaving the school buildings at the contractually agreed time. However, the action was symbolic, as many returned after the end of the demonstration to complete the work. Hannan said: “It`s a magnet for people who love the look of the city and love having productive and exciting classrooms. They have an amazing group of people here who do so many things. Our kids are so excited to come and learn. Our diversity is an amazing thing, but we also have a very deep root of people from Manchester who were born and raised here, who want to stay here or come back here and have their children here because they know how much of a gem this place is. “Teachers are very generous with their time,” Gash said.
“If this continues, you may see teachers doing no more and no less, which is difficult because our teachers are always growing beyond themselves.” Often, contract negotiations are reminiscent of financial negotiations, but in this case, there are a variety of issues to discuss. The terms of this contract affect the learning environment in Gloucester schools and the way teaching is structured, not just the amount of teachers paid. Mosley said, “The classrooms may not be as decorated as you might expect.” Bezanson added: “Our rooms will look very sterile. Our students who cannot afford notebooks do not have notebooks. I buy them and keep my personal belongings until we have finished our contract. It`s going to be a hot first week without the fans I bring! With the amount of money we spend on the classroom, we support our students, but the school district doesn`t want to support us. It`s intimidating. .