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A Substitute Teachers Union?
Old 11-30-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, would substitute teachers (present, past & future) believe that having some type of a union representing them be beneficial?

I believe Oregon has a state wide substitute teacher union and I would like to hear what substitute teachers working in Oregon think of it.

Thanks from a sometimes frustrated substitute teacher...


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Old 11-30-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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HELL YEAH?! Sign me up.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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In Texas they can join ATPE and get the same rights as a teacher.
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I believe Oregon has a state wide substitute teacher union and I would like to hear what substitute teachers working in Oregon think of it.
Nope, no statewide sub union. Not sure where you heard that.

There are exactly two districts in Oregon that allow subs into the union. However, I am fortunate enough to be working in one of them, and I LOVE it! In that district subs get:
-- ~$12/day more than in any of the surrounding districts
-- health insurance for the school year after any SY in which you work at least 70 days in that district (you pay around $40/month for a pretty decent Kaiser plan with $5 co-pays for pretty much everything). Even if you don't work 70 days, you can buy into the group plan at cost.
-- someone who has your back when the district, or a school, or a particular teacher is messing with you. We can call union reps if we feel we've been unfairly blacklisted from a school, for instance. And we've been having ongoing issues with SmartFind Express calling and then hanging up on you before it can offer a job, and the union's been all over that. (At the end of last year they even said they'd fight for insurance for any sub who felt that the reason they didn't get 70 days of work was because of the hangups!)

As a member of the local teacher's union, I'm also eligible to join the OEA and the NEA, and those come with benefits as well. Or at least they're forever sending me emails about all the great things they can do for me...
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Huh. I stand corrected; I just found this. Ha ha, I've been subbing in Oregon for 2 years, and I've worked in probably 8 or 9 different districts, and this is the first I've ever heard of it!


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A district in southern California has subs represented by the Communication Workers of America. If you are really interested you might contact the CWA.
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