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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A breach of contract has been filed by the Federal Education Association against the administration of Yokosuka’s The Sullivans School.

In a Jan. 16 union update obtained by Stars and Stripes, Trevor Stanton, a gym teacher and union representative at the school, wrote the alleged breach is over the administration’s “failure to respond to our lunch grievance.”

The filing stems from a Nov. 16 grievance in which Principal Dave Russell was asked to either cancel his direction that teachers perform lunch monitor duties or pay them “their hourly rate for time spent providing such supervision.”

In a Nov. 29 response, Russell denied the request, citing that “all teachers have at least a 30-minute daily duty free lunch” and the monitoring “is performed during the duty day and compensation is within the daily rate for teachers.”

The grievance was then sent to Nancy Bresell, Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific director, who according to a copy of a union meeting minutes, had until Jan. 11 to issue a response.

DODDS-Pacific spokesman Charles Steitz said no solution has been determined but that Bresell and Japan district officials are “making every effort to solve this issue for next school year, if not earlier.”

In the meantime, the union update is urging members to continue to perform lunch duty until administrators direct otherwise and to “keep track of all days you work, since the grievance requests pay for hours worked since November 19, 2007.”

Both Russell and Stanton have not returned phone calls or e-mails from Stars and Stripes regarding the matter.

Steitz said in an e-mail that the main concern of both the teachers and the school is the safety of the students.

“It is our goal to provide teachers a duty-free lunch period and to cover in some other way all the nonprofessional duties teachers may be performing,” he said.


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