Posts Tagged ‘part-timers’

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.

Improving Working Conditions at the Haitian Multi-Service Center

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Sara Jorgensen, Adult Education Program Director at the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester, interviewed by Andy Nash

Sara Jorgensen

When you became adult education director, what did you do that affected staff working conditions?

First, I built a culturally representative management team of long-term staff. I gave them some hours paid at a higher rate to do administrative tasks and improve our tracking systems. We share leadership – decision-making, planning, problem-solving, hiring. We meet every week (the full staff meets every other week). It was this management team that decided to move toward more full-time jobs. (more…)

Pre-Tax Health Insurance for Part-Timers? Who Knew?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Attention part-timers! While we’re waiting for national health care reform to take effect, are you taking full advantage of the Massachusetts reforms?

This doesn't cut it anymore.

Did you know that employers must offer eligible part-time employees the option to use their wages to pay for health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis?

Who’s eligible? (And who’s required to offer this?)

• Do you work more than 64 hours a month (on average) for your employer?
• Does your employer have 11 or more full-time equivalent employees?

Then if you buy insurance through the Mass Health Connector, your employer must offer you the option to have the cost of the premium taken out of your paycheck pre-tax. This option is called a “Section 125 Plan”.

You would save money on state, federal and FICA withholding taxes. Your tax savings could be as much as 40% of the premium cost. Employers also save on FICA taxes.
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I love my work, but I just can’t afford it.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Roaches and mice are alive and well and quite possibly learning English.
-Boston-based ESL teacher

I have been in the field for 6 years. I work 3 part-time jobs (totaling 32 hours/week; 18 teaching hours) to earn $27,000. My pay ranges from $18/hour (with 1:2 prep time) to $30/hour (with 1:6 prep time).

I get paid sick time at my one unionized job, but nowhere do I get any vacation time or health benefits. I get no pay for school vacations or when programs are closed.

Technically, I have access to a program computer but, if someone else is on it, I can’t wait because I have another job to get to. So I end up using my home as my office, paying for my own paper, ink cartridges, on-line fees, etc. Then I schlep my materials around from job to job.
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