Message for Non-Members of Yokohama City University Teachersf Union

Toru SAKAKIBARA

Chairman

April 10th, 2008

 

As the result of the reorganization of Yokohama City University into a public university corporation, our position, previously protected under the Special Law concerning Public School Teachers, has been greatly changed for the worse.  The administration has expressed their intention to refine and use the result of the teachersf evaluation system, introduced last year, to determine each teacherfs wage.  There are various criticisms of this policy, such as skepticism on substituting the system designed for self-improvement for such a purpose, and concerns both for uneven standards of evaluation among first evaluators and for the lack of any system to deal with protests for the result of evaluation.  We believe that the system first needs to be much improved to satisfy these criticisms before it can be used for evaluating teachers.

                I am convinced that we need to stick together, exchange information, and express what we have to say so that we can protect ourselves and fulfill our duty as educators and researchers on a free and productive ground.  Divided, we cannot hope to protect either our rights or our freedom in education and research.  If we fail, responsibility of the university to contribute to the society through education will be greatly compromised.

                Now that the role of the teachersf union has been greatly increased, we need the power of as many people as possible.  I cordially invite you to join the union so that we, united together, will be able to handle problems we daily meet in our job.

 

                These are the unionfs position, achievements, and roles.

 

Our Social Position

1. We represent the majority of the teachers working at Yokohama City University.  As a result, we are authorized under relevant laws to negotiate teachersf interests and demands with the administration.

2. We protect the rights of the teachers working at Yokohama City University through direct negotiation, as they do in labor unions at private companies.  This is the most important change concerning the position of the Teachersf Union resulting from the reorganization of the university into a public university corporation.

 

What We Have Achieved So Far

1. We have effectively fought back the administrationfs forcible request for us to agree on  limited-term contracts by asking the members to submit letters of commission to the union.

2. We have informed members, as well as non-members, of our legal right to reject the administrationfs forcible request to agree on limited-term contracts.

3. We have prevented unfavorable treatment of those who have refused to accept limited-term contracts.

4. We have successfully demanded the administration equally to pay reward for teaching graduate school to everyone who has a position there.

5. We have won an increase of the annual wage for the school year 2006.

6. We have kept the level of income of teachers intact when the administration adopted a new salary system.

7. We have made improvements, such as an increase of the base salary, on the new salary system the administration proposed.

8. We have successfully negotiated with the administration to keep up the level of retirement pay for the next several years.

9. We have persuaded the administration, on promotion of instructors (kôshi) to associate professors (jun-kyôju) to adjust to the present title system, first to decide the salary of qualified instructors under the former salary system for associate professors and then switch it to the new salary system, so that the salary of newly promoted people will be appropriate for associate professors.

10. We have prevented the administration, on promotion of former assistants (joshu) to assistant professors (jokyô) to adjust to the present title system, to force them to accept the limited-term employment system.

11. We have got rid of ambiguities and arbitrariness concerning the conditions for the renewal of contract with the teachers employed under limited-term employment system.

12. We have won the promise from the administration to decide the conditions for the renewal of contract on an agreement with the union.

13. We have won the promise from the administration to reflect the teachersf evaluation system upon our working condition such as salary only on an agreement with the union.

14. We have helped teachers in the Nursing Department in their effort to prevent the administration from forcing them to move to the junior college against their will.

15. We have successfully negotiate with the administration to promote qualified teachers even when they refused to accept limited-term contract.

16. We have won the promise to reflect the teachersf evaluation system upon our working condition only when the teachers are persuaded that the system is reasonable.

17. We have successfully persuaded the administration to keep up the level of pay for the job related to entrance examinations, regarding the nature of the task, when they decided to distontinue special task pay (tokushu-kinmu teate).

 

What We Plan to and Have to Do

1. We will negotiate with the administration about how the merit-based salary (shokumu-gyôseki-kyû) will be decided under the new salary system.

2. We will negotiate with the administration about our salary in general.

3. will negotiate with the administration about the way the teachersf evaluation system is reflected upon our working condition, such as the merit-based salary (shokumu-gyôseki-kyû) and renewal of employment contract, among others.

4. We will demand fair working conditions and their improvement both for those working under the limited-term employment contract and for those who have refused to accept the contract.

5. We will demand improvement of and keep an eye on the teachersf evaluation system.

6. We will protect our employment and fight back infringement of our rights as workers.

7. We will demand appropriate environment for our job.

8. We will listen to teachersf complaint about problem they face in their job.

9. We will provide relevant information (by the union news [kumiai news] etc.).

 

Campaign for New Members

New members will be required to pay no member fee until the next general meeting (which will be held in July or August).  For details please consult the April 27th, 2007 issue of the weekly news (shûhô).

                For the time being, members at Kihara Institute for Biological Research (at Maioka) and Supramolecular Biology (at Tsurumi) are under no obligation to work for the executive committee (shikkô-iin-kai), although they reserve the right to join the committee.

 

To Contact Us:

Please contact the teacherfs union office (kyôin-kumiai jimushitsu).

The office will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00,

on Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 to 16:00

(will be closed on holidays, and during summer and winter vacations).

Address: c/o Yokohama City University

22-2 Seto, Kanazawa Ward

Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0027.

Tel:    045-787-2320

Fax:   045-787-2320

E-mail:   BWA03267@nifty.com

@@You will see all relevant documents, such as weekly news (shûhô), as well as our rules and our resolutions and assertions so far, on this web site:

http://homepage3.nifty.com/ycukumiai/index.htm