Tip #1

Job Security Courtesy of your Association

Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you’re a good teacher, no bad things will happen as you begin your teaching career. As a nontenured teacher it may seem as though you have no rights or protections. You’re wrong!

You have rights and you need to protect them and it’s the association that can do that for you. If you need help, contact your association rep or your local president.

Here’s some advice from the association in dealing with job security issues:

  • Assaults
    Report the incident immediately to your principal and your association. Write down all the details of the incident, including date, time, names, and location.
  • Child Abuse
    By law, education professionals must report suspected cases of abuse of children under 18 years of age to the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). Notify your principal and your association of any evidence you have.
  • Discrimination
    According to state and federal law, your employer can’t discriminate against you on the basis of race, age, sex, national origin, religion or color. Notify your association if you suspect any violations.
  • Reprimands and Suspensions
    If you get a verbal or written warning, reprimand, or you’re suspended or dismissed, contact your association immediately.
  • Legal Representation
    Through your association and your UniServ representative, you can request representation for many job-related issues.
  • Sexual Misconduct
    Sexually-oriented contact between you and a minor child is illegal and can be grounds for dismissal. Complaints from parents or students should be reported to your association immediately.
  • Worker’s Compensation
    Immediately report any job-related injury to your principal and to the association. Write down the important facts about how the injury happened.

Tip #2

I Think I’m in Trouble

Here are a few tips that can help keep you out of trouble and are good advice if you find yourself up in a difficult situation.

REMEMBER! Your association is here to help you.

  • While you’re trying to defend yourself, you may get into more trouble. Just listen to your supervisor, take good notes and admit nothing.
  • Give your association rep all the details.
  • Don’t give your written account of what happened to anyone without first getting the association’s approval. Keep your own set of notes.
  • Start keeping your own detailed notes if you believe the administration is starting to document your performance.
  • Keep good records. Make copies of what’s in your personnel file.
  • Keep deadlines. In order to protect your rights, there may be timelines to follow. Check with your association rep or your contract for those dates.
  • Know your contract. Ask questions of your association rep.
  • Keep cool. Don’t lose your temper.
  • Don’t just complain; do something. The only way to fix a problem is to let the association know about it.
  • Don’t be rushed into anything. You have the right to request postponement of a meeting if you’re association rep can’t be there. When the meeting does take place, take careful notes.
  • Document all events that you report. Include the time, date, and people present and specific details.
  • Be careful whom you confide in and what you tell them. Your problems may show up on your evaluation.