Need EA advice!
Hey there. I am looking to get some advice from fellow Educational Assistants.
My principal is really abusing their power and is taking advantage of the fact that I don’t really ever stand up for myself. They’ve changed my job assignments so much because the tough kids wear other EA’s out so I am constantly with them year after year. I will be pulled out of a really good routine to be with someone else and then the whole class I was in has to readjust to a new EA. It makes for a lot of frustration for the students and the teachers. I understand we have to make accommodations if someone isn’t able to do their job but it’s always only me. I am the one being constantly switched. Last year I had to go to a behavior program as well as I was in 9 classrooms at the school. Makes it very hard to get in a groove and build relationships with the students.
So, it has now been suggested that since the one EA does not want to accompany her student to a special program at another location, that they will be putting her in my position and I will be made to accompany this student. I have been the only staff member on my team to have to travel to these programs. I had 1 in the Glenrose and 2 who went to a behaviour modification program. And we don’t get free parking at these places either, we have to pay otherwise ride the bus. And I’m on the south side so it takes a while.
But enough is enough. I’m tired of being the only one they constantly switch. I never argue with them because I was raised to do what my boss asks of me.
So my question here is, if things work out the way they look like they are, how would I go about breaking my contract and going back on the sub list? I plan to contact the union but can’t right now, cause there’s no one there right now.
I am with catholic schools if it matters. If you have any help to offer please let me know!