Did I just read that you guys send your kids to school for SEVEN hours a day?????? Elementary school kids???? Thats insane! How are those kids learning anything in the last few hours. They must be exhausted. Our elementary kids go to school from 9 til 2:38. Thats 5 1/5 hours, unless my math is off. Wholly Crumbs!
Sorry, total sidetrack from the debate, just....wow! I dont know much about this strike and contract, but I will say that in my experience, when teachers strike, the media always says its about the money, and it rarely ever is. There is usually something else that they are trying to sneak in, like evaluations that make it so if a principal doesnt like you they can fire you, or 7 hour school days, or funding cuts.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
To answer the debate question =) Protesting during this time is unfair to the kids. If these teachers care about the kids, they should find another time to negotiate. These kids are losing time to learn. I'm not sure how they will make up this time if they are getting behind, plus, from what I understand a lot of these kids live in rough areas, which means poverty. Due to this, they probably don't have strong resources at home to supplement their education. Their parents probably are struggling and what are they doing with them while they are working, probably scrambling. I don't think school is their babysitter, but in school is where these kids need to be.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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If you had a contract that you would preform 45 hours of work over the course of the week and based on that your salary is negotiated at X. Your boss unilaterly tells you you will now be required to work 50 hours per week with no increase in pay and no negotians. Your boss unilaterly tells you you will now be required to work 40 hours for 11% less pay. See the difference?
All of the salaried positions my X held were based on a specific number/average of hours. Yes, some weeks were more; some were less. But a permanent deviation of 11% would result in negotiations over salary also.
Looking at non-salaried employees, you can't unilaterly tell an employee they have to work 11% with no increase in pay. The labor board would be all over that.
Also, according to their contract, their work day is 6 hours 45 minutes. (With lunch which would be standard after 6 hours.) The student day is scheduled 8:30 - 3:30 which is 7 hours. But if you really think that's all the time teachers put in, follow me for a week. Heck, even a day would suffice.
I agree with all of this.
However, this isn't the time for negotiations. Unfortunately, I've not read about the specifics. If what you say is happening, that suddenly they are required to work more, then that's wrong. Whatever is written in their contracts should be abided by.
I think until then, they need to enroll these children into the Chicago Public Virtual Charter school, get some monitors to sit with them at school in their appropriate rooms, and let the kids learn.