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LouAnn: I think the only power you have over them is a job recommendation. Many of
our SI leaders use us for recommendations to graduate schools or jobs. How can you
make anyone fulfill a contract? Take us for example, I could quit today without a
two week notice. What could anyone do to me except give me a poor recommendation?
You are right to be sensitive to personal issues. Having worked in a community
college, I know that many of the students have pressing personal issue to deal with
that seem so immediate and unresolvable that they will quit no matter what you do to
them. Maybe when you hire them you could emphasize the recommendation you can give
them. Ask them to keep you informed of any time changes they may have asap so that
you may better help them deal with their needs and that will help you too. Barb

Steve Shaver wrote:

> Once again, I must say that our problems in this area are increased by the fact
> that we pay tutors ( who should by definition be highly skilled workers) wages
> that are insulting and cause them economic hardships. How can we ask people to
> work for below market wages and require them to sign a contract saying they will
> stay with us? This is a capitalistic society based upon monetary rewards for
> labor, and we should not expect tutors to work for us for less than they can
> make elsewhere simply out of loyalty or contractual obligation when they can be
> paid better for the same level of work in the private sector.
>
> "Oppitz, LouAnn" wrote:
>
> > I also would be interested in such a contract.  However, I do have mixed
> > feelings about contracts.  Sometimes personal situations occur that prevent
> > students from fulfilling their tutoring obligations.  At this point, I would
> > be over joyed to keep them for an entire semester.  This fall, it has been
> > particularly difficult to keep all of my tutors.  The biggest problem for us
> > is that the economy is good, and students can earn more off campus.  We pay
> > first year tutors $7.00 per hour and second year tutors $8.00 (after they
> > have worked 200 hours.)
> >
> > Also, being a community college, the tutors have many other obligations such
> > as family, other jobs, etc.
> >
> > Has anyone else had this problem with tutors quitting midsemester?  I came
> > in one Monday morning in October and was greeted by the resignation(for
> > personal reasons) of one(who had requested 20 hours per week)followed by the
> > slowdown of another(who had requested 15 hours per week)who could now only
> > work 4 hours per week because he had obtained another job off campus(I had
> > spoken with him just the previous week about his tutor hour load: whether it
> > was too heavy or too light).  Both of whom were math tutors which comprise
> > about half of our tutor requests.
> >
> > Can I require them to give me a two week notice if they need to quit for
> > justifiable reasons?  Of course then what do I consider justifiable reasons?
> >
> > Does anyone out there have any suggestions?  They would be greatly
> > appreciated.
> >
> > I'll get down off my soapbox now.
> >
> > LouAnn Oppitz
> > Peer Tutoring Coordinator
> > Inver Hills Community College
> > Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Lynnae DOPP [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 12:48 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Tutor contracts
> >
> > Do any of you include on your "tutor employment contract" a clause
> > asking/requiring them to stay and work for the department for at least a
> > year?  I realize the problems with enforcing such a requirement, but do you
> > indicate in writing anywhere that you are counting on a 1-year commitment?
> > If so, could you please send me a copy of your contract?  Responses may be
> > e-mailed to me directly at [log in to unmask]
> >
> > Thanks
> > Lynnae Dopp
> > Weber State University
> > Ogden, UT

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Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
The Learning Center
The University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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