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Unfortunately no, there is nothing you can do to take both jobs and legally be protected from termination. Even if you had a union, it would make no difference. You signed a contract stating that you would not seek other employment during your first year. That is a legally permissible contract and one that a court would uphold as a reasonable basis for termination if the university decided to terminate you for breach of contract.
I certainly understand the financial hardships of teaching (I've done so myself) and while these are factual arguments that might sometimes persuade people to change their minds about things (like your college administration), they are not legal arguments with any power.
I wish I could tell you differently here, but courts have long upheld that an employer has no legal obligation to accept outside employment.
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