Posted by bassman on 3/30/09
I have a question and I'm not sure where to turn...
I am tentured in my district, and have been there for 8
years. I am considered highly-qualified in my state, and
have my Masters. Last year, a position opened up within my
district that I wanted. I was the only in-house candidate
to apply. According to our contract, any position that
opens up within the district for which you are qualified
and, barring any disciplinary actions, should be awarded to
that candidate prior to giving it to any outside
candidate. I had no disciplinary actions, and was
obviously more thnan qualifued for the position (it was for
instruemntal music and I have my Masters in musidc
performance and have taught instrumental music prior to my
position at this district, which is general music.)
Anyhow, to sum it up, the position was awardede to a first
year teacher, fresh out of college with *no*experienec at
all and who was an outside candidate. When I went to my
union, the head of the union stated "that's what happens"
and did nothing. NOw, this union head is known for doing
nothing and no one is happy with him - unfortunately, he
has done underhanded things to make sure no one runs
against him and to guarantee his re-election every ection
time. There is currently a complaint against at the state
level, but that is taking a while to get done.
My question is...do I have any legal recourse to take
action either against the union for non-representation and
against the district for breaking contract?
Does anyone know where I can find assistance for something
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