Labor exploitation in Palos Verdes Estates: Where is a Union when you need one?

A revolving door is a common phrase to signify a repeating pattern of random hiring and firing of workers. Oftentimes a revolving door is enshrouded in secrecy and all kinds of unfairness.  I am referring specifically to the problems facing a nonunion high school baseball coach at Palos Verdes High.  That coach is facing the revolving door.  However, this coach’s particular problem appears over and over in all sports in all schools where there are “Parents with Resources.”

I am riled up about a revolving door for several high school baseball coaches at PVHS, but quickly my thoughts critique an even larger problem, statewide in scope, a bad situation facing all nonunion employees of school districts.

The fact is a revolving door for sports coaches at PVHS and beyond.  This fact is entirely and indisputably bad for male and female student athletes.  It must be changed.

The revolving door starts at PVHS with a lack/absence of a Grievance procedure for disgruntled parents.  “Get a lawyer and make threats,” that is the process, now.  PVHS makes itself vulnerable to “Parents With Resources” by cowering to unilateral complaints about whatever can be contrived, followed by threats to cajole the weakling school district (PVPUSD), followed soon thereafter with the coach being “leg go.”  The story is repeated over and over at PVHS, in many sports for many years.

No truth, no fairness, no rights, nothing in writing, possibly ruining a young coach’s career as well.  It’s a reflection of poor management at the most basic level AND it is very damaging to the advancement and growth of student athlete learners.

Palos Verdes Unified School District is one of many districts that are big exploiters of highly-qualified “walk on” labor statewide, and PVHS is an example of due process denied for all nonunion coaches.  “Parents with resources” are the problem, nurtured by weak leadership.

PROPOSED SOLUTIONS:  A proper and relevant Grievance procedure is lacking at PVPUD, with nil procedures for all parents to follow at PVHS (and beyond).   The solution requires that top administrators not succumb to the noisiest parents with resources.  Grievance procedures would ensure fairness and protect the District as it tries to achieve understanding and resolution of a complaint.  I recommend the following steps:

1) Parents and Students fill out a basic form that contractually promises their willingness to submit to in-house arbitration of disputes at the outset;

2) Parents and Students are compelled to put their complaint in writing and the accused coach is compelled to respond to the complaint;

3) Parents and Students are compelled to face each other.  Transparency should be the norm and intended to protect all parties from unfairness.  The accused coach has the right to face his/her accusers who are witnesses against him/her; and

4) PVPUSD Administrators from top to bottom need to be stronger and smarter in protecting its workers.  Listen to the majority and Do what is right and fair.  Have a process that is simple and transparent.  These are the best solutions I can propose.

CONCLUSION

I am interested to make noise that makes PVHS and PVPUSD a better place to work and learn.  Right now there’s a destructive revolving door for nonunion coaches.

Sign the petition and join 200 other parents, coaches, student athletes, and teachers who demand equal rights for nonunion coaches at PVHS and in high school programs throughout California.  Please make a statement or pose a question.  Thanks.

SIGN THE PETITION

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Online marketing an independent documentary

This website is a very good example for students of independent filmmaking as a well-done example of online marketing and promotion.

http://www.theentertainersmovie.com/

I would like to know more about the ragtime style of piano-playing after seeing the various clips.  I love what the left hand is doing with those amazing bass lines.

Original music for a student film

FYI
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute is still accepting submissions of student made films for free original scores.
We are looking for student made films of any genre or length to provide original music to through the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.  This service, which includes a score recorded by professional musicians in a world class recording studio, is offered for free to student filmmakers.  It is an opportunity for our Masters students to use the skills learned during our program and collaborate with directors to produce custom music for any style of film.  The music is licensed to the filmmakers free of charge for use within their films in any and all media and for any promotional use (trailers, etc.) in connection to those films.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS.
The submitted films must have been made as part of an educational program.
To have your film considered for our next recording session we would need picture lock by Sunday May 20th.
To have your film considered for our last recording session we would need picture lock by Thursday June 7th.
For additional details about the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program please visit our website at: http://www.pnwfilmmusic.com
To fill out a film submission form, please go here:  https://www.sfi.edu/student-film-music-scoring-request-form

 

For any other questions feel free to contact me directly.
Thank you,

Sammy Applegate
Film Composer/PNWFS Program Assistant Director
Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
Seattle Film Institute
3210 16th Ave W. 
Seattle, WA  98119
 
(800) 882-4734 // (206) 568-4387

The beginning of the story

This is a very useful video by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) about the struggle and importance of the story’s beginning–creating the foundation for the rest of the story.  I am very interested in the experience of writing and developing a story, asking myself, what does it feel like to write?  Writing is purely mechanical unless it is aligned with creative problem solving and lateral thinking.  Fun!