Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Surprise: PA College Slashes Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare

Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

"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 adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.
On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million.
"While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so," said CCAC spokesperson David Hoovler. "Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further."
The solution, says United Steelworkers representative Jeff Cech, is that adjunct professors should unionize in an attempt to thwart schools seeking similar cost-savings efforts from avoiding Obamacare.
"They may be complying with the letter of the law, but the letter of law and the spirit of the law are two different things," said Mr. Cech. "If they are doing it at CCAC, it can't be long before they do it other places."
Well, who know?  Colleges are famous for treating adjunct faculty like cattle.


marian said...

So as businesses line up to opt out of paying for this sham it will fall on individual citizens and we will have to pay a penalty? instead of have coverage?Doesn't it feel like a ruse?

John Kasaian said...

When I was adjuct faculty we didn't have any benefits.

Peter Sean Bradley said...

And they are going to keep hours low enough so you never will.

Gail Finke said...

I have a friend who is a union guy, he says these adjuncts must form a union. I find it hard to believe that this is the only option. Colleges and universities are famous for paying adjuncts and other part-time instructors pretty much NOTHING, it's a scandal considering how much tuition is everywhere these days. There must be a way to combat that.

But that aside, the law proclaiming that 30 hours is now full-time is a joke. Many, many businesses cannot afford to provide insurance at that rate, and how will it help anyone for businesses to hire more people but only give them 20 or 25 hours? People will have to hold down two jobs! It seems clear that the intent of the ACA is to, as quickly as possible, get employers out of the loop and go directly to government-provided insurance.

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