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M. Ted (inactive) Opinion needed: Union Uselessness? (36) RE: Opinion needed: Union Uselessness? 06 Dec 00

I am basically seconding the advice from the canoer--there are laws, contracts, and tons of legal precedents to protect your husband's job, and, especially and, his pension, etc. But you don't really give enough information for anyone to be able to know how to help--And I am puzzled by the business about getting a job a half the salary--are they offering him another job? and why at half the salary? Teachers salaries are usually based on the degree that they have plus the number of years that they have been teaching(in order to save money, schools sometimes try to dump experienced teachers, who they often must pay twice as much as beginners, but not as often as you'd think, simply because the more experience the teachers have, the easier the school is to manage)

For instance, the head you refer to, was that a department head, a principal, or some other official? Was this done officially, with disciplary meetings and formal charges, or was it just suggested to him that he should resign?

Finally, the teacher's unions are usually pretty diligent about protecting their members, and it is takes a really strong case and a lot of effort for school systems to get rid of someone who has been teaching for 23 years. From what you say, your husband resigned under pressure, and, out of fear, chose not to excercise his legal rights--The union rep said what happened to him was unfair, but you leave us with the impression that the refused to stand up for him--is that true, or didn't he ask them fight for him?

Don't give up on this, for any reason--I have a friend who was dismissed from a union position by a manager who had nothing but contempt for her and filed a legal action with the help of the union--she worked somewhere else for five years, but received all the wages she lost as part of the settlement, and she got her job back as well--by then, the person who fired her had been fired, and they welcomed her back with open arms--so hang in there!

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