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Friday, December 28, 2012

CFTU Annual Report: Salaries Of Foreign Teachers In China Unacceptably Too Low

2013 CFTU Annual Report & Teachers Survey Released...2014 China School & Agent Blacklist Published.  But first the latest news...

Note: If you are in China, you will need a VPN to 
view the graphs, photos, stats, and images on this site. 
(Scroll Down For Blaclist & Whitelist - Last Updated 09-01-2013) 



January 10, 2014
China Foreign Teachers Union Release 2013 Annual Report & 2014 Whitelist & Blacklist Updates
For your copy send and email to: 2014Updates@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org 


December 28, 2013
New World-Wide Teachers Average Salaries Report Released

 For the full report please visit: 
 http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2013/12/china-2013-employment-and-statistics.html

 
December 8, 2013
Christmas Banquet & Party Planned For December 23rd!
This year there will be a 50 yuan charge if you want to attend KTV party after dinner. For reservations, details, menu and seating preferences contact Karina in Shanghai or VO43B in Beijing. We are also trying to put together a talent show for the New Year's party so if you have an act that is funny, entertaining, or amazing  let's hear from your quick!  Happy Holidays!

November 19, 2013
Thanksgiving Dinners Planned For Beijing & Shanghai.
All members check your email for details. Volunteers needed to help with Christmas Party.
Contact V028B if you can hep out. BTW...Congratulations To Denise On Her Recent Birth!


Semptember 20, 2013
Are YOU Being Cheated Out Of Serious Money By Recruiters Or Agents?  Find Out Here...
What is the real average salary of a foreign teacher in China?
http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2013/06/china-foreign-teachers-suggested-hourly.html


September 12, 2013
  CFTU Elections Coming - Board of Director Nominees Due In By September 20th
Okay gang, here's your chance to do more than bitch!  Submit your five nominees for our 2014 Board of Directors. Keep in mid that all nominees must have at least five years verifiable teaching experience in China and be able to attend monthly board meetings in Shanghai and/or Beijing. Please do not nominate Steve as he is leaving China at the end of this year due to his father's failing health and may not be returning to China for at least a year. Please send your nominations to: V0079B. Check your email for voting procedures. Elections will be held on November 15th with results announced on November 20th. Thanks for your cooperation. More details found at www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.com


September 10, 2013
2013 CFTU Census Report - 8% Less ESL Teachers In China
First, we thank all the volunteers and the SAFEA staff for their cooperation in compiling the data this year. Members will get the complete nine page report by email and your friends can read a summary here: 


September 1, 2013
 Fragrant Mountain Picnic Activity Now Being Planned
Soon Fragrant Hill will be aflame in red, orange, and golden leaves and we are now organizing a day trip for members and their guests.  There will be two groups, 1 going via bus departing from Peking University and the second is a bike hike led by Jeff and Ian.  We will have lunch upon the mountain top and two Natural Science professors will join us as guides. If you want to come enjoy Mother Nature with us, contact V0139 before September 10th.

August 25, 2013
OnlineTEFL & I-To-I  Internships Are Suspected Scams
We have received numerous inquires about these two companies which are owned by the same company in the U.K. and although we previously assumed they were legitimate, or at least posed no threat to expat teachers in China, we are now getting reports of phony teaching internships being offered.  We were sent this link by one of our members so we are now investigating and will report to all member within 30 days. Until then please use extreme caution.  They may or may not be legitimate but this post is a bit disturbing:  http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/china-internship-fraud-alert-onlineteflcom-and-i-to-i-from-uk  TO  BE  VERY  CLEAR - A TEFL  CERTIFICATE  IS  NOT  REQUIRED  TO  TEACH   IN  CHINA!

August 5th, 2013
Paul's Poker Party Next Friday - Tennis Tournament Now Organizing...
Calling all Texas Hold Em and Chinese Poker Players!  Paul has agreed to host a bi-weekly poker party for our members in Beijing. Contact him directly (V067B) for details.  Also our annual Tennis Tournament is now being planned. If you want to participate, contact V019B for details. We're looking for a cool weekend forecast. Top three winners get trophies, 500 yuan KTV coupons, Dinner for two at Bellagio, and bragging rights for a year!  Sam went back to the states so you all have a chance this year.  Come give it a go!
July 10th, 2013
KTV Conest This Coming Weekend - Weihai Excursion On July 19th...
Sing your heart out this weekend and win $500.  Contests set up for Shanghai and Beijing. Contact V037S  or  V089Bfor details.  We rented a bus and have room for 8 more people for our Weihai trip later this month. Come see one of China's cleanest cities and enjoy a clean beach!  We leave Friday after work come back Monday morning. Contact V029B for details ASAP.


June 15, 2013
China's New Visa Laws Carry Stiff Penalties But Offer Some Convenience...
IMPORTANT!  Effective July 1st, 2013 China's new visa laws kick in and you had better know them well or you will get the boot with a reentry ban. Unlike the past, you will get no warnings. Here is what you can expect:  http://thebjreviewer.com/blog/2013/3/26/chinas-new-immigration-law-to-take-effect-july-1-2013  To see the actual changes in the law, visit this link:  https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/chinese-government-announce-new-immigration-laws


June 6, 2013
Summer Activity Schedule Now Available
5 KTV Parties, 3 Workshops, Chess Tournament, Confucius Club Recital, Tennis Tournament, Singles Park Picnic, Annual Softball Game, & Bagachu Bike Hike (Check your email for recent Bamboo Park Picnic Photos!) (Members Only Contact VO37S  or VO59B For Details)


June 1, 2013
CFTU Agent & School Blacklist Just Updated
(31 addittions - 2 deletions/resolutions - Scroll down to view)


May 27, 2013
Free Chinese Board Game Lessons
Learn to play Chinese Poker, Wei Qi, Mahjong, Xinagqi, and Chinese Checkers For Free. Contact Laura or Ming for details or visit  
http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.com


May 20, 2013
CFTU Now Compiling China Recruiter & Agent Whitelist
This will probably be our shortest list ever but apparently our colleagues abroad still are too lazy to search out their own jobs, or cannot sort the facts from fiction. We are therefore now accepting nominations for honest and registered agents willing to make transparent disclosure. Those that are willing to  do so will be posted at:


May 19, 2013
CFTU Annual Picnic In The Park - Next Weekend
(Members Only - Contact V031B For Details)


May 15, 2013
CFTU To Cooperate Fully With China PSB To Remove Sexual Predator Expat Foreign Teachers From China Schools - Now A Priority Project - Teachers Urged To Cooperate For Details See:   
http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.com


April 15, 2013
Teachers Blacklist Used By Principals Discovered By CFTU with help of insider at Beijing Kindergarten
796 teachers are on the China National Black List. To see if you are on it, click on this link:
  http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2013/04/china-foreign-teachers-union-obtains.html 


April 4, 2013
Free Chinese Classes Commencing On April 15th  
Register Now! (Members Only! - Contact V047B)


April 3, 2013 
Don't  get violent in China or you will end up like this foreign teacher - one year behind Chinese bars! 
Foreign Teacher Jailed In China For Defending Family Home 
 

March 26, 2013
The 2013 Whitelist has finally been compiled
It took 5 volunteers 3 months to read and decipher all your emails and then score your nominations after deducting points for unresolved  complaints.  Before we jump to the list we want to put things in proper perspective. There are over 19,000 schools operating in China today but only 7,230 use foreign teachers. 95% of these schools are properly licensed, legitimate, and honorable. The "problematic" schools you find on our blacklist are surely the minority that represent the 5% of the bad apples. Generally speaking, the public universities, international schools, and public schools, are mostly honorable. You will note that most of the schools that are blacklisted by the CFTU and elsewhere are usually private Chinese-owned schools. And now to our white-list for 2013 you can either scroll down or just click here if you do not have a VPN:  


March 20, 2013
57 Beijing Teachers To Be Deported For Visa Violations
Thus far in the March PSB Beijing crackdown only 15 schools were visited at random by the PSB but yielded 57 foreign teachers working illegally on tourist, business, and student visas Those that were able to buy and show an airplane ticket home were released from detention within 6 hours.All of those detained must leave China within 10 days and they have been banned from reentry for 5 years. Of the 57 detained,  23 teachers were recruited by China ESL, 12 teachers were recruited by Jeff Gao, 10 were recruited by Hangzhou Helen, 5 were recruited by agent Danny Liu, and 6 teachers were recruited by Teachers Alliance China. The crack down will continue to the end of the month in Beijing and six other unknown cities. To understand the seriousness of this issue, see the stats below these links from last year:


Do not accept any teaching jobs in China until a Z Visa is provided to you before your arrival in China!


March 15, 2013

WARNING!  Identity Theft of Expats In China Increasing to approximately 5,000 victims per month - Half are Foreign Teachers!  - Read This To Protect Yourself...

http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2013/03/13/phony_china_recruiters_now_target_5000_expats_monthly_1
 

NEWS  UPDATE:
February 25, 2013

VISA  FRAUD  ALERT


We have issued a China-Wide Visa Fraud Alert for all teachers asked to work on an L (tourist) or F (business Visa).  Be advised the PSB informed us last week that they will be visiting 30 schools in March for a routine visa check and any teacher working without a "Z" visa will be be fined and deported within 10 consecutive days with a five year reentry ban. If any agent or school has specifically instructed/advised you that it is okay to work on a L or F visa, please send us the details in strict confidence and you can apply to the PSB to get a 30 day enforcement exemption certificate - enough time to straighten out your mess.  More details can be obtained at this link: VISA FRAUD ALERT

February 22, 2013
CHINA  SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FRAUD

The CFTU has recently opened an official investigation on 37 Chinese school principals across China reported by expat teachers for extorting teachers for money to obtain their release letters. Some of the complaints can be read in our blacklist comments section below .If you have any evidence or information to help expand our investigation, please send us an email in strict confidence to tips@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org  This investigation is already having an impact even beyond our reach as expats and even former Vice-Principals are now speaking out as you can see here...

http://www.zimbio.com/Exposing+Scams/articles/4fbZBnV02YJ/Want+Earn+Bucks+China+Become+Chinese+School#channel=f383eb2ea8cb092&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zimbio.com&channel_path=%2Fhtml%2Fchannel.html%3Ffb_xd_fragment%23xd_sig%3Df26a6a6bcd2017%26

Be advised that Shane English has been tentatively cleared of any wrongdoing in the Wenzhou fiasco involving the principal of Pingyang Quishi School  (Wenzhou) which they say has not been affiliated with Shane English for over a year, but which continues to illegally use the Shane logo, brochures, books, and good name when recruiting both teachers and students. Our official response is as follows:

"Due to a delayed response from Shane English, we only now discovered that they are no longer affiliated with the Wenzhou School involved in this fiasco, even though this school continues to use the Shane name in their sales pitch and brochures. Unfortunately this happens in China where "cooperation" is common and reputable foreign companies allow local Chinese partners to us either good name. We regret that the email contact addresses found on the internet for Shane were not still in service as we mistook their lack of a reply as indifference. To be clear, Shane English is no longer affiliated with Pingyang Quishi School of Wenzhou whose principal is selling release letters to their foreign teachers. The U.K. teacher who made the complaint online here on our website has still not received his release letter as required by law."

We recently received an email from a foreign teacher at Pingyang Quishi School who now claims the school is still affiliated with Shane English and we are awaiting some documentary evidence to be provided to us.  Here's the story of what took place...


The China ESL - Rebecca Tang fiasco rages on at the Beijinger...  China ESL Complaint - Rebecca Tang    also  5 Years Of Complaints 
 

And now our 2012 Annual Report & Teacher's Survey...




 Did YOU Know?

- Our entire CFTU staff are volunteers
- Our board directors are elected annually
- Membership in the CFTU is absolutely free
- We provide China labor laws in English for free
- We provide free contract reviews and templates
- Our training seminars for members are also free
- We do not sell any advertising, products, nor services
- We neither collect, trade, nor sell databases of any sort
- In 2012, we identified and photographed nine fake agents
- We are not affiliated with any religion & are 100% apolitical
- We only contact schools when a teacher files a complaint(s)
- In 2011, we helped over 100 teachers get their last paycheck

OUR  2014  WHITE  LIST  HAS  BEEN  COMPILED  AND  YOUR  COPY  CAN  BE  OBTAINED  BY  SENDING  AN  EMAIL  TO:
 
WHITELIST@CHINAFOREIGNTEACHERSUNION.ORG

If you are not a member and want to become one, please visit this link:  http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org/2012/12/cftu-minimum-wage-for-foreign-teachers.html

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1 comment:

  1. Any organization with this sort of problem should provide consultation from the experts. They should determine the right market value of these teachers, and I bet it has to be high since they are dealing with educators.

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