We all know that adjunct faculty are the field hands in the groves of academe. Higher education’s once dirty little secret is now just a dirty employment practice that sacrifices the needs of the hardest working teachers to satisfy the insatiable wants of their tenured overlords.
And now, thanks to the “Affordable” Care Act, the life of the adjunct just got a little more impoverished, a little more miserable:
To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction.
But to some of the employees affected, including 200 adjunct faculty members, the decision smacks of an attempt to circumvent the national health care legislation that goes into effect in January 2014.
“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said Adam Davis, an adjunct professor who has taught biology at CCAC since 2005.
Temporary part-time employees received an email notice from Mr. Johnson on Tuesday informing them that the new health care act defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week.
As a result, the college as of Dec. 31 will reduce temporary part-time employee hours to 25 per week. For adjuncts, the workload limit will be reduced from 12 to 10 credits per semester.
You can read more about how great Obamacare is at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.