While the issues of pay inequity, the lack of job security, and access to health benefits are major challenges that plague part-time faculty —collegiality, inclusion, and connection with their campuses and fellow faculty are also important for a part-time faculty member’s long-term involvement with a particular institution. Key to increasing adjunct involvement and connection in the California community colleges is increasing both the opportunities for and compensation of part-time faculty participation in shared governance.
The time for the Saturday training on Unemployment Benefits available for P/T instructors has been modified slightly. We will begin at 10:30 until 12:00. The reason has to do with the availability of the building (which is normally closed on Saturday). This created a scheduling conflict. Remember the training is at 816 Camarillo Springs Rd. This is a large 2 story building that sits by itself once you exit the freeway. When you come in the main glass doors it will be the first classroom on your right.
Our resident expert, AFT VP David Carey, is the instructor of record for this training. He clearly knows the ins and outs of how to successfully apply for this benefit. As previously mentioned, many part-time instructors have added substantial amounts of income from this hard won court "victory". As a non-contract employee, you are essentially laid off between assignments end dates until your new start date. And if your next assignment is not until the fall, you are eligible all summer for unemployment benefits.
In addition to learning how to apply online, David will cover eligibility issues.