Archive for November, 2010

Organizing a Union: Some Steps

Monday, November 15th, 2010

STEP ONE: Know Your Rights

1) The right to join a union is a human right. “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States to…encourag[e] the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and [to] protect… the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection.” [from Declaration of Human Rights]

What teachers do in their prep time

Monday, November 8th, 2010

How many hours of prep do you get for each hour of class you teach? Is that enough? Have your prep time responsibilities changed during the time you’ve been teaching? Post a comment below!

Final results from last week’s survey. The survey is now closed (as of 11/22) but you can read the original post here.

What are you expected to do in your prep time?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Unless you make $34.77* per hour, your program should be paying you for prep time. But what does that really mean?

Take this survey and tell us:

*(taken from our FAQs):

The rates support a teaching to prep time ratio of 2:1. This results in a “contact hour rate” of $34.77 for teachers, based on a direct service rate of $18.54/classroom hour plus 25% fringe benefits, plus prep time: $23.17 X 1.5 = $34.77/hour. Paid prep time is not required when the hourly rate meets or exceeds the contact hour rate.