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Hitting the Fan

November 9th, 2008 at 03:32 pm



Let me ask you a question.

Let’s say you have two jobs, job A and job B.

At job A, worker A comes into work at 7:30am, looks over the plans left on the desk, executes plans, walks children to bus, and leaves.

For this, worker A brings home the tidy sum of $90.

At job B, worker B comes into work at 7:30am, looks over plans made by self previously, executes plans, walks children to bus, does report cards, attends afterschool training, does before and afterschool duty once a week, holds parent/teacher conferences, and creates more lesson plans.

For this, worker B brings home the tidy sum of $90.

Worker B looks at worker A’s job and says, HUH? She contacts people, asking if this was right. She is told to shut up and do the work assigned, even though she WAS worker A just a few short weeks ago.

She emails the principal, expressing concerns and asking for clarification of responsibilities.

Email is ignored.

Worker B then contacts the district office by phone, and is addressed as, “oh yes, the one who wants more money.”

One week later, worker B is called into principal’s office, at the end of the day after the kids and the aide have left and told she won’t be needed anymore. When worker B asks why, she is told that her lesson plans are lacking and the way she speaks to the kids makes the principal frown. Ignore the fact that there was no notice taken when worker B brought up concerns about how aide B spoke to the kids in the classroom.

Now, what would you bet is the REAL reason worker B was asked to leave?

4 Responses to “Hitting the Fan”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    Wow. Unfortunately discussing pay disparities is still against policy at most employers. Of course, this is because employers will only pay what they think you'll accept, not what the job is worth. Hush policies on salary and pay only help employers, not employees.

  2. swimgirl Says:

    Hmmm... public school or private school? Teaching credential or emergency credential?

    No, that doesn't seem right, but most school districts have salary schedules. And if you sub in a certain position for longer than a certain amount of time (frequently 10 days in the same classroom) you should be paid based on your placement on the salary schedule, which is based on experience and education. If you have little experience and little education past your credential, you could end up at a place on the salary schedule where the pay is equal to sub pay. But, you would be salaried in many places.

    What an unfortunate situation. Find someplace else! Clearly, these are not people who are going to treat their employees fairly.

  3. fern Says:

    That stinks.

  4. LuxLiving Says:

    How you doing over there? Missing you on Saving Advice dot com!

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