I’m considering challenging my schools requests (read requirements) for extra work because, 1. its not in my contract and 2. I get paid by the hour with no paid sick or vacation days.
Its really number 2 that pisses me off. Ok, fine don’t pay me if I get sick or go on vacation but then don’t expect me to spend hours writing up your Christmas and Graduation time performances for nothing, nor to peruse, digest and put into practice the reams of teaching suggestions your head office slap together.
Simply saying no is not the best option. To much stress all round. And in any case I wanna be righteous about it and hit them with the unfairness of the situation. I want to prepare a case and discuss/negotiate.
To my mind there are two options: Option A: no sick and no vacation pay and no extra work outside of the classroom. And any novel ideas the school wish applied to the classroom they need to think through and make directly applicable to the teaching situation and if necessary taught to teachers via a paid workshop.
Option B: Pay me sick and vacation days and either a salary or a negotiated rate for extra work required such as the writing of the performances. (And people spend anywhere from 5-15 hours on these damn plays once re-writes and revision kick in). Not to mention extra hours practicing. Hours stolen from the rest of life, not merely unpaid hours.
I would call either of these options professional and fair and likely to breed good will and morale amongst the teaching staff. Those same staff might even go a few extra miles if they didn’t feel they were being asked to bend over quite so much. I personally like teaching and want to help the kids.
Any views based on experience how this might fly. A good way to approach the boss maybe or even an option I haven’t thought of.
I’m also curious what the situation is for Taiwanese. I know long hours on salary are completely the norm but what about those paid by the hour without sick or vacation pay. Are they expected to work extra without pay?