Anyone Know a Good Labor Attorney?

So rather than go out on a high-note here at my soon to be former SLAC, it's going to be a struggle. I'm still working to get paid what others were for a canceled class from last summer (the university incorrectly canceled classes, and when the mistake was pointed out, paid $1,000 to all the faculty this happened to except me because mine was a graduate course).

This summer, when I pointed out that I was in the same situation that caused the courses to be erroneously canceled in violation of the union contract last summer and that I expected the university to adhere to the contract this time, I've been informed that even though I'm teaching two summer courses (they've met for two days now), the union contract doesn't apply to me because I gave my letter of resignation. Of course, things being what they are, I was never offered a different contact to work under.

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kermitthefrog said...

no suggestions, but sorry you have to deal with such institutional assholery.

May 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM
profacero said...

How maddening.

Also, how typical.

What maddens me about these things is they are such a blatant sadistic move: "we are doing this because we can ... even if ultimately we do not get away with it, we want to take money from you, step on you, and waste your time."

Should the union not be able to do something here, or do I idealize unions?

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What I did once: call an administrator at the biggest, meanest state U in state and ask: what law firm scares you the most? He said: this firm, it wins against us, Exxon, and Monsanto all the time.

So I called them and said: do you deal with my kind of workplace situation? They said yes, make your request to the university on your own behalf one more time, citing relevant laws and rules, and saying you expect an answer by a certain date. If you don't get an answer, call us, we'll start by writing our own letter.

So I wrote one more memo, ccing it this time to that firm. It worked like MAGIC, I am telling you. MAGIC.

May 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM
ash said...

Anyone who what happened to Dr. Curmudgeon?

June 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM