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“Working to Rule” – or withholding participation in voluntary activities at school – is a last resort before striking for many chapters in negotiations with stubborn districts. In Hemet, teachers are embroiled in a contract fight with the district over working in overpopulated classrooms, not being offered a fair salary increase or reimbursement for furlough days they took to help the district, and working without a contract since 2012. Because of these and other injustices, Hemet Teachers Association (HTA) members are Working to Rule.
To make it clear to the public just how much personal time is spent outside of contract work hours, HTA members donated cans of non-perishable food to charity for each hour of volunteer work they do before and after school. More than 2,000 cans – or 2,300 lbs. of food – were donated to the Hemet Community Pantry during one School Board meeting last month, making the point loud and clear: HTA members – like so many CTA members – go above and beyond for their students. “The tables couldn’t hold the weight of all the food brought to the Board meeting, showing just how much extra time teachers spend on and for their students,” said HTA President Robert Hudson.
HTA's efforts don't end at school, they extend into the community – with not only this most recent gesture, but with ongoing food drives throughout the year. "And we don’t ask for anything back," said Hudson; "just respect.”
HTA wants that respect to come in the form of a fair contract – and soon.