Job Security

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.