Re: thinking of hiring a music teacher under an "open vacan
    Posted by: NYC AP on 7/06/13
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    On 7/05/13, lca wrote:

    > On 7/04/13, Jasmin wrote:


    >> Hello, just curious, I have an "open vacancy" for a music


    >> teacher position. We were going to hire someone to teach


    >> only 3 classes per week. The applicant I want to hire is of


    >> course a licensed music teacher and has a lot of


    >> experience. Should I be concerned that after 30 days of


    >> teaching she might file a salary grievance against me? If


    >> it is only 3 classes per week should I be concerned?




    > I agree with the previous poster... it should not be a problem

    > if the specifics of this position (number of classes, salary,

    > working conditions, etc) are spelled out in the contract,

    > which they should be.


    > You should be very upfront about this. In other words it is

    > not just in the fine print, it's right out there in bold, and

    > discussed.... when we have an opening like this, the position

    > is clearly advertised as such, so that applicants are aware of

    > the situation even before the interview.


    > Where I am, if this had been unclear in the job posting (i.e.

    > it looked like a full-time position and was not), we would

    > probably have to re-post the position with clearer details and

    > then re-interview. There are several issues involved. The

    > obvious one is the one you seem to be alluding to, that a

    > person who is not aware of the specifics upon hire is likely

    > to be dissatisfied (rightly) with it later and (rightfully)

    > file a grievance. It's also possible there are applicants who

    > would be interested in three classes per week, who would NOT

    > have applied for a full-time position, too. So you need to

    > make this very clear from the beginning so that you attract

    > the relevant candidates, hire the best candidate who accepts

    > the conditions spelled out, and go from there.


    > One further comment... if your local union contract

    > specifically states that you can't have a position like you've

    > described (that her salary or teaching load can't be that low,

    > or whatever), that's another issue. Even if your candidate is

    > happy with the situation, you still can't violate the

    > contract. There are also issues such as benefits, etc, which

    > may apply to such a position differently from a full-time one.


    > If you are an administrator in a district that has a central

    > office with an HR person, I would definitely recommend that

    > you also discuss this situation with the HR person. You don't

    > want any of this to be a surprise later, either to the

    > candidate herself, to you, or to your central office.

    Here in NY if teacher has a license in the subject covering they
    can file it. If they are teaching 3 or more classes per week and
    licensed in that subject you can bet they will file a salary
    grievance with the UFT. It has happened at my school before.

    Posts on this thread, including this one

  • thinking of hiring a music teacher under an "open vacancy", 7/04/13, by Jasmin.
  • Re: thinking of hiring a music teacher under an "open vacan, 7/05/13, by not sure I understand.
  • Re: thinking of hiring a music teacher under an "open vacan, 7/05/13, by lca.
  • Re: thinking of hiring a music teacher under an "open vacan, 7/06/13, by NYC AP.