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Old 09-28-09, 05:28 PM   #1
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My supervisor has the mother of all headaches (rant)

So...my supervisor has the mother of all headaches. She was just informed that as of today three of her most productive tutors--that includes me--are laid off because of a technicality. Apparently the president of the college made it a new rule that student tutors are supposed to carry 6 units of coursework at the college to be able to tutor (old rule was just 1 unit)...and he tells us this when???? In the middle of the ****ing semester, when all the classes are closed and we can't scramble to get any more classes because even the short-term classes are all CLOSED.

The worst part is that this was a totally unnecessary move for the college, because they had the budget to pay for us until 2013. They could've waited until next semester to institute these rules, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.



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Now my supervisor has to deal with trying to get us rehired as non-student workers (and we get a frakking pay-cut with that IF we get rehired but that's ok), trying to deal with the stupid college, and trying to deal with the students who are suddenly out in the water--all 90 of them--because they can't get tutoring from us. The worst part is that all the departments across the board were affected by this new rule, and so whole lot of tutors from other departments were laid off, and those students can't get tutoring from ANYONE because really, there is NO ONE left to tutor them.

I honestly feel bad for my students. Because I work with low-income, disadvantaged students, a lot of them are struggling with juggling work, school, kids, and/or disabilities. Our department was unique in that we worked around the students' schedules instead of them having to take time off from whatever to get the help they needed. But because of stupid bureaucracy, I'm out of a job I love and my students have lost a resource they really, really need.




Oh, and don't even get me started on the pay losses...IF I get rehired, it'll take a month to process my papers, which means I'm out of work for a month. I do have a small stream of private tutoring that will carry me through this month (barring any emergencies), but this job was my primary source of income.

Sigh. The economy. The bureaucracy. It is teh suck.
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Old 09-28-09, 05:45 PM   #2
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That is horrible. They should be ashamed of themselves for being so shabby to you and careless with the students' education.

Your last line mentioned being a private tutor. I might suggest you work that angle hard. Post flyers everywhere on campus. Especially right outside the door where you used to tutor for the U. And don't be shy about mentioning prominently that you used to do the same thing through the U and then were cut loose.

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for neko.

Sounds like time to organise a lynch mob of angry tutors.
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The college has dumped several programs, due to NYS reducing their $$, and they were going to delete totally the main tutoring function, and instead cut it in half - I currently have about 10 students in there (as volunteers though - so yeah - they aren't even paying for these people!) - and like you the students they are tutoring are low income high school students in trouble due to missed classes etc etc and are having problems with homework, and staying in school.
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The solution is obvious.

Fire the President - or failing that, drag his judgement through the mud publicly (letters to editor, blog, television, whatever media you can).
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It's not gonna be pretty tomorrow when they announce to our other students that their tutors have been laid off...I suspect an angry mob of students will be storming the president.

I did offer my students a 50-75% discount on my private tutoring services if they really need me in particular. I usually charge $20-25/hr, but will reconsider if it's one of my students through this department. But with money being tight and all, I don't know if they can afford even that. I'd do it for free if I could but...I got bills to pay too.
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It's not gonna be pretty tomorrow when they announce to our other students that their tutors have been laid off...I suspect an angry mob of students will be storming the president.

I did offer my students a 50-75% discount on my private tutoring services if they really need me in particular. I usually charge $20-25/hr, but will reconsider if it's one of my students through this department. But with money being tight and all, I don't know if they can afford even that. I'd do it for free if I could but...I got bills to pay too.
Make sure it is an organised and co-ordinated storming. Don't let the bugger escape. Good luck with getting some paid tutoring and good luck with your poor students.
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Fire the President - or failing that, drag his judgement through the mud publicly (letters to editor, blog, television, whatever media you can).
This man speaks great truth !!!!!!
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