West Tokyo JALT:

Understanding Your Labor Contract: The Five Year Rule

Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Gerome Rothman

This talk will begin by giving a brief background about the use of temporary labor contracts to set up an examination about a unique problem facing language educators in the corporate and university sector -- the so-called five-year rule/ten-year rule. This rule purports to provide a method for temporary labor contracts to become converted to permanent contracts.

This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of this new policy, the myths associated with it, the implications of the policy. It will close by explaining why cooperation, rather than competition with one's colleagues, is the only way to build solidarity and improve working conditions in the academic workplace.

Gerome Rothman is a Field Director and Senior Organizer at Tozen Union. As an organizer at Tozen he is a case officer for 10 of its locals, responsible for leading collective bargaining, drafting demands and legal documents, and representing the union to third parties such as the Labor Relations Commission 労働委員会. He is also Tozen's representative to the executive of Rengo Tokyo, Rengo being the national federation which Tozen joined in 2016. He is also an English teacher at the Foreign Service Training Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Organization: West Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (West Tokyo JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Tamadaira no Mori Fureaikan/Tamadaira Koryu Center map

Location: Hino City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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