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My contract is for 29.5 hours. Can I get shakai hoken @ ECC?

The answer is YES.

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ALTs and the Influenza - Tell the us what's happening

Do you have any control over your own workplace?The current influenza situation is proving very clearly that you don't.

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Hannan University Teachers - "Thanks GU. No koma cuts in 2010"

The General Union (GU) members at Hannan University are very grateful to the union for helping them avoid koma cuts next year.

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ALTs make the evening news

The topic of Assistant Language Teachers in public schools is heating up. In a report by a news program one parent complained that their child's class had seven different ALTs in a year.

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Nagoya City ALTs - Open Meeting

More and more Nagoya-shi Board of Education ALTs are contacting us and in response we are preparing to launch the Nagoya City ALT Branch/Local.

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Nagoya City ALTs - Open Meeting

More and more Nagoya-shi Board of Education ALTs are contacting us and in response we are preparing to launch the Nagoya City ALT Branch/Local.

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Do you work at St. Thomas University?

In light of St. Thomas University’s (owned by Eichi Gakuin) decision to stop all new enrollment with the aim of closing the university in the near future, General Union members at this university have submitted demands for collective bargaining.

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ALT: Dispatch vs. Direct Hire

 

Are you an ALT?
Think working conditions are fair?
Think again!


Interac teachers recently won direct hire at Kurashiki Board of Education. Compare the working conditions! Read full story here.


Direct Hire Vs. Interac

Working Conditions Kurashiki Direct Hire Interac Dispatch
Monthly Salary 330,000 Variable: 180 - 260,000 depending on nationality
Housing Allowance 25,000 zero
Summer Salary 100% 60%
Yearly Bonus 150-420,000 zero
Shakai Hoken (health & pension) Yes, 50% paid by employer zero
Paid Annual Leave 15 - 20 days days 5 days
Sick Leave 5 days zero
Extended Paid Medical Leave up to 25 days zero
Bereavement Leave 10 days zero
Job Security Yes Dispatch company always at risk of losing contract


Are you and your co-workers interested in direct hire? Contact the union to find out more.

What are you waiting for?

 

Teacher’s schedule restored after GU sends demands

A long-time Union member working as a part-time teacher at several universities in Nagoya received a double dose of bad news in January this year. First, he was informed by Kinjo university that his schedule of 3 koma (classes per week) would be cut to 2 in the school year 2009~10. Then, later the same week, he received a schedule by Meijo University which included 2 classes for the second semester of the school year but ZERO classes for the first. With a family to support, he was understandably concerned about the loss of teaching hours and income, so he reported both problems to the Union.

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University Class Cancellations - GU Wins Settlement in Nagoya

Many GU members teach part-time at universities and colleges. Working as a part-timer at such institutions has its good points, but it also has a major downside because it’s so insecure. There’s never a guarantee that your one-year contract will be renewed, and universities commonly draw up class schedules on the basis of a very optimistic projection of student numbers in the coming school year. Part-time teachers then have to block off hours during their week so that they can take the classes on offer.

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Interac kicked out of Kurashiki Board of Education - Union wins direct employment for teachers

Interac, notorious for illegal sub-contracting and its hostile attitude to worker rights, continues to grow across Japan but the union has been able to stop them in their tracks in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.

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University Class Cancellations - GU Wins Settlement in Nagoya

Many GU members teach part-time at universities and colleges. Working as a part-timer at such institutions has its good points, but it also has a major downside because it’s so insecure.

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ECC teachers win a toll free number!

Thanks to the General Union ECC branch, teachers with substitute shifts will no longer be required to spend money to find out what their working hours are.

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Interac - Rumor has it....

There's an Interac office out there that "messed-up" on more than 150 contracts and they are now in a mad scramble to get teachers to sign another contract accepting lower salaries. You are not required to do so.

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General Union forces re-investigation into ex-NOVA president, Sahashi

In 2008, The General Union officially sought indictment NOVA’s former president, Mr Sahashi over non-payment of wages (a violation of the Labor Standards Law). When prosecutors declined to indict, the General Union took the matter to the auditors of the Public Prosecutors Office. They have now ruled the original decision “unjust”.

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Open Meeting For Nagoya/Tokai ALTs Sunday, May 31

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Ryukoku University, GU reach agreement 龍谷大学で合意

Last October, Ryukoku University announced cuts in classes for part-time teachers in the Faculty of Intercultural Communication at the Seta Campus.

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Open Meeting For ALTs - Kansai regionSunday, April 26th

We, ALTs, are quite aware of the growing problems that we face in our field on a daily basis. It's time to come together and see what can be done about them.

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Hands Off My Pay

 

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To part-time teachers at Meijo University

Greetings!This is a joint message from the General Union (GU) and Tokai Part-time University Teachers’ Union (PUTU).

We say that universities should get their numbers right... or pay teachers anyway.

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0120-ECC-???

ECC sub-teachers are unfairly burdened with the cost of calling HQ every day they sub. In fact, there is a question if teachers are legally required to.

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ECC - Best School Picture?

Do you recognize these flashcards? What school are they from?

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Latest Nova Actions

Keep up to date with the NOVA dispute. Bookmark this page - we will be updating it regularly.

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Interac? Selti? W5? Altia? Borderlink? Westgate? Ziac?

Early each year there is a mad scramble amongst dispatch teachers. The union gets inundated with email and telephone calls from teachers worried that they may be non-renewed, worried that they don't have unemployment insurance.

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Are you regular?

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ECC Collective Bargaining Update

Collective bargaining is moving forward – there is positive movement on some points with the company refusing to budge on others.

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Not even JET positions are safe from dispatch

We recently fielded a frantic call from a JET teacher in Northern Japan.

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ECC Negotiations Set for February 5

The second round of negotiations has been set. Branch members are encouraged to attend and send ECC a message. Please note that non-members are not permitted to attend.

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