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One college cutting hours to avoid Obamacare.

By: hcubed , 2:27 AM GMT on November 23, 2012


"...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."

Under the new CCAC policy, adjunct professors will only be allowed to teach 10 credit hours a semester. Adjuncts are paid $730 per credit hour.

"We all know we are expendable," said Mr. Davis, "and there are plenty of people out there in this economy who would be willing to have our jobs."

*** And if anyone thinks that this will only be colleges that will use this "loophole" to save money, they're crazy.

But the other "option" - unionization - may be a double-edged sword. True, the union might force the college to give them the 30 hours needed to get full-time (and even get a raise in pay).

But the only way to pay the increased salary (and the estimated $6 million in Obamacare funding) is either increase the tuition or reduce the staff.

They don't seem to be concerned on the students. No mention of them anywhere in the story.

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2. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:23 PM GMT on November 28, 2012
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1. Ossqss
5:21 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
Just another example of the thousands of similar businesses/schools that are following the same path of cost push aversion.

The continuation of the median income degradation is in process for many who don't even realize it, but yet they voted for it.

Plenty more to come for those who can least afford it

Here too

More to certainly follow as time now moves us all toward a failing Western European way of life.

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