O/Care is stomping the professor class who supported him nearly 100%.

Troke

On TB every waking moment
There is an antique saying -- no less true for its antiquity -- that you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. This came to mind when I read a recent report about what is happening at a Pennsylvania college.

One of President Obama's most loyal -- not to say fawning -- constituencies clearly is academia. His rate of support among collegiate faculty and administrators surely approaches near-unanimity on the typical campus.

This is why the news about the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is so richly ironic. CCAC has just announced that because of ObamaCare, it will have to slash the hours of 400 of its employees, about half of whom are adjunct instructors. This is because under the new law, companies and other organizations employing 50 or more employees are required to provide full health care insurance (at high cost, because of a host of new mandates the law includes) for all employees working 30 or more hours a week. This means that employers have a tremendous incentive -- indeed, virtually a gun at their heads -- to either cut hours for employees to under 30 hours per week or eliminate workers outright (by outsourcing, offshoring, contracting out, and automating), or to keep the employees under 50 by simply not expanding.

This has led numerous private companies start taking precisely those actions -- including Abbot Labs, Applebee's, Boston Scientific, Covidien, Dana Holding, Darden Restaurants, Kinetic Concepts, Kroger, Lockheed-Martin, Medtronic, New Energy, Papa John's Pizza, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, TANCOA Janitorial, and Welch Allyn. For example, major restaurant chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already moving employees to under 30 hours a week. Boston Scientific has said that it will lay off 1,400 workers and shift production to China.

So CCAC's action is no surprise. At the end of this year, the college will cut 200 temporary part-time workers' weekly hours to 25, and 200 adjuncts will see their courses cut from 12 down to 10 units per semester -- a drop of 16%. But by doing this, CCAC will save $6 million it would otherwise have to spend for health insurance.

As John Dziak, head of the CCAC Federation of Teachers, ruefully acknowledged about ObamaCare, "[t]his is one of those times when the best of intentions do not always end up with the best results." No joke there.

I suspect that adjunct professors throughout the nation are going to be losing classes throughout this next year, as ObamaCare's requirements loom. (In 2014, these requirements become fully in force.) Massively more adjuncts will lose their health care and see their classes cut back, forcing yet more of them to teach at multiple institutions (to become "freeway fliers," as the expression goes) even more than they do already. This will be richly ironic, given their overwhelming support of the man who created the law that will bedevil them.

I don't make that observation with spite, please note; as an adjunct myself, I both sympathize and empathize with adjunct professors. But they helped vote Obama in for a second term, and we all will now pay the price.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/12/college_professors_get_what_they_asked_for_dont_like_it_much.html#ixzz2H6dRzCbn
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I am not sure what the title 'adjunct' means anymore. In the da olde days, the title was held by people who had made a Big Name for themselves on the Outside and were kind of hired by the College to teach a particular course for which they were noted. Then the College could brag they were on the faculty.

Then it subsumed to people who were not on a tenure track position but were working full time. A subset ("freeway fliers"and I think a big one) are those that teach one class here, one class there and never really get a full time job anywhere. Based on this article, there are going to be a lot more of that kind. And just about when technology is going to eliminate their jobs completely, with an impetus provided by O/Care.

Unintended consequences will do you in every time.
 

Jeff B.

Don’t let the Piss Ants get you down…
Oh, frigging well... you've got what you wanted and are now getting another sort of shaft to match the shaft that the rest of us are taking.

Educated idiots.

Jeff B.
 

night driver

ESFP adrift in INTJ sea
What part of history did they not study?

You are only a useful idiot as long as you are useful for the ____________ to gain power. THEN you revert back to just an idiot and become their FIRST victim(s).
 

Kathy in FL

TB Fanatic
Adjunct can mean anything these days but usually is mostly used to describe professors that don't hold tenure and are not in a position to get tenure. Usually part time they sometimes also have day jobs out in the "real world" and/or are retired from working in the profession they teach.
 

Dozdoats

On TB every waking moment
Adjuncts do the 'scut work' of actually teaching students in most colleges/universities, while the tenure tracked professors sit high in the Ivory Tower and contemplate Important Things, pursue their research interests (including the occasional undergraduate student), write books etc.

And I'm only partly joking there...
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http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-an-adjunct-professor.htm

An adjunct professor is a part-time professor who is hired on a contractual basis rather than being given tenure and a permanent position. Many universities hire large numbers of adjunct faculty members because they are flexible and cheaper to maintain than traditional full-time faculty members. Just like regular faculty members, adjunct professors must fulfill basic educational requirements before they can teach, and many of them are very well-educated, talented people. The use of adjunct professor positions has grown in many universities in response to decreased funding, which forces these schools to make choices that are sometimes difficult. If the choice is between hiring adjunct professors and closing a program, many schools consider it better to hire adjunct professors.

Advantages for Schools

For a university, there are many advantages of hiring adjunct professors. They are viewed as temporary, so a university might hire a part-timer for a single semester to expand its course offerings or to meet student demand for a program that does not have a large enough staff. An adjunct professor does not have tenure or other rights, so a university also can easily get rid of one who does not perform to the university's standard — all the school has to do is decline to renew the adjunct professor's contract.
 

mzkitty

I give up.
Pretty much everything is a "temp" position these days. Only money matters.
Once computers and cheap foreign labor took over our days were numbered.
 

wab54

Veteran Member
The same applies to the 49%. They will get what they asked for. But I guarantee that they wont like it. They will never admit it either.


WAB
 

Dobbin

Faithful Steed
Maybe you humans could push for an "adjunct ruling class?" You know. If they don't support your best interests overall, you lay them off?

Oh that's right. You tried that once. It seemed to work but certain human elements wanted "more."

Literally.

Now the government will "wither away."

I don't see much sign of wither.

And certainly not sign of more.

Dobbin
 

The Freeholder

Inactive
"Adjunct" is a synonym for "temp help"--at least at my institution. I know that we have just had a slightly larger than normal influx for the beginning of this semester; reason unstated.

As others have said, decisions have consequences. The looters voted for more loot. I am just going to sit back and see how that works for them.
 

Kathy in FL

TB Fanatic
Just got word via my daughter that it looks like the budget is shrinking significantly for all of the GA positions (graduate assistants) starting in the fall of '13. Adjust professors are going to have to start doing their own scut work and Tenured professors aren't going to have the GAs either. That will significantly impact the ability of a lot of students to work at the graduate level because many - including my daughter - use the GA position to offset the high tuition. Thankfully daughter will graduate this summer after her last clinicals.
 

Ravekid

Veteran Member
The Chronicle of Higher Education had a report on political donations by higher ed types. Not sure who they defined as workers (just admin and profs, or did they include clerical, maintenance, etc. staff?). A huge % of donations went to Democrats/Obama. Almost all the higher ed institutions donated heavily to democrats. Only a handful of institutions were actually conservative to where Republicans got more money than Democrats.

Right now, your criminal justice prof. is likely in the $70K range, and that might be at the top. My math profs. were at the $70-$85K range back in the late 90s, so they have to be closer to $100K/year. Most of there professionals are married to people who make close to the same pay. Some might be married to a spouse who makes less money, but likely still makes at least $30K/year or so. This is important because it isn't costly to live in central Indiana. A good, solid home can be had for $160K today. We are talking combined household incomes that are likely in the $100-$180K/year range. In addition, many of these are educated people, and they know how to save and what not. These people are rich. Some will claim they are barely making it, but it is usually because of disposable income spending habits. Some want to live in historic areas of the city, where homes cost $250K, but the public schools are horrible. So then you factor in costly private schooling. The ones who aren't broke due to health or divorce are broke due to their chosen lifestyle and nothing more. These folks want government to bail them out, but of course they believe "the rich" should pay for their additional government services. They clearly don't seem themselves as "rich," and this is why Obama put his tax limits at $250K/year. If people want big government, for a family of four, for what it takes to live where I live, that figure needs to be lowered to at least $150K. For a single person, it should be $100K/year.

I was really hoping we would go over the cliff. People need to realize that if they want big government, they have to pay for it. Of course these folks don't understand a currency collapse. No one believes it can happen here. So we are just still playing the pretend game, kicking the can further down the road. I would have rather went over the cliff than deal with a total currency collapse.

Just got word via my daughter that it looks like the budget is shrinking significantly for all of the GA positions (graduate assistants) starting in the fall of '13. Adjust professors are going to have to start doing their own scut work and Tenured professors aren't going to have the GAs either. That will significantly impact the ability of a lot of students to work at the graduate level because many - including my daughter - use the GA position to offset the high tuition. Thankfully daughter will graduate this summer after her last clinicals.
Full-time, tenure profs. are going to be retiring in large groups if they refuse to do the work they will be required to do. Some institutions have saw the writing on the wall, and have made cuts as necessary. Others are still trying to keep the vacation going, but state cuts, anger at ever rising tuition, etc. are causing them to look at other options. One institution has basically raised healthcare premiums to almost double what it used to be, and imposed a small deductible. They also raised the out-of-pocket max by 50% or so. This basically pushed many employees to the high deductible plan. Deductible is $2,500 for a family, half that for individual. However, the monthly pays are low, but the deductible has to go up. Right now, the institution is paying the deductible by putting that amount into the health savings plan. My belief is the goal is that once they get 95% (they had a large % originally, not sure how many signed up now) or so, it will end up being the only planned offered. Plus, I see down the road that they will give much less towards the HSA in the future, if they give anything at all (by law, they might be mandated to give something, not sure).

And the waste that is the buildings is another issue. More and more schools are seeing their buildings sit near empty in the summer months, and on Fridays as well. I know lots of profs don't want to work on Friday. Some only work M-Thurs., while others come in for some mandated minimum time and are always taking off early on Fridays. This is a complete waste of facilities. I'm starting to see changes on this front as well at some universities.
 

Laurane

Canadian Loonie
And the waste that is the buildings is another issue. More and more schools are seeing their buildings sit near empty in the summer months......

don't know if many schools do this, but BYU Idaho (used to be Rexburg College LDS) used to rent out its dorms/suites to retired Seniors who wanted to be where it is a little cooler in summers. My sister-in-law and husband went there for a couple of summers and he used the labs and woodshops and gyms and pool all the time. Said the students who were there in the summer were "delightful" to be around. We visited them for a couple of days and toured the area and it was a great time and a good financial bargain for those who took advantage of it.

The school converted to full-time University a few years ago, so that opportunity is gone for the seniors, but there must be more schools which could take advantage of extra revenue like that.
 

SquonkHunter

Geezer (ret.)
The same applies to the 49%. They will get what they asked for. But I guarantee that they wont like it. They will never admit it either.


WAB
You should have been there to hear the crying on payday when the O-bots discovered their pay was a little "light". They did not want to hear the reason for it, though. Still have their heads where the sun don't shine! Fools.
:kaid:
 

LightEcho

Veteran Member
Companies will be reorganizing to form corporate shells with individual filing as separate business units to keep small enough that this does not apply.
 

Deena in GA

Administrator
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You should have been there to hear the crying on payday when the O-bots discovered their pay was a little "light". They did not want to hear the reason for it, though. Still have their heads where the sun don't shine! Fools.
:kaid:
Not to highjack the thread, but that's exactly what my son said happened at his workplace Friday. Certain ones were complaining LOUDLY and son told them "you're the ones who voted him in".
 
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