Hello, Part-Time Faculty!
I’ve been asked to write about how, after one full academic year of remote work, it’s gone, what we’ve learned, and how we might be looking ahead. The pandemic has been especially hard on Part-Time faculty, many of whom have lost assignments or have had to take on extra burdens due to the Stay Safe at Home practices.
Furthermore, confusion still persists over delivery methods of instruction, health benefit coverage, and the never-ending quagmire of applying for unemployment benefits.
First, I would like to once again reassure Part-Time faculty that DE certification is not required for synchronous online (remote) instruction. DE certification is only required for asynchronous 100% online instruction.
Second, the Guild did gain Health Benefits for Part Time faculty. Remember, you will not lose those benefits if your total assignments at all districts remains at 40% load or higher. For eligibility, please see CBA, Article XI, Section 2. During this pandemic, many faculty asked about sick leave hours. Sick leave is calculated once a year. The sick leave you see on your current pay stub is from the end of December 2020.
Third, for many of us, it is that time to (re)apply for Unemployment Benefits through EDD. In the words of Jim Mahler, CFT Community College Council President:
With all of the new twists and turns associated with unemployment benefits due to the pandemic, the various federal stimulus packages, additional state funding, and new fraud protection, the simple act of applying for unemployment insurance has become more complicated than ever.
I will outline here the latest advice from the CFT Part Time Faculty Committee, the CFT, and from the President of the CFT Community College Council.
Recent changes to the process:
Quick Tips & Reminders:
To receive the maximum benefit, applications should be submitted immediately following the completion of your last class session or assignment for this semester. If you have already filed a claim for unemployment benefits within the last 52 weeks and have not exhausted the benefits you are entitled to don't file a new claim; you must reopen your claim to continue receiving benefits. If you need to start a new claim, you can re-submit for a new claim online. If your benefit year ended, you must apply for a new claim, even if you are on an extension or have money left on your expired claim.
You should receive some kind of response and/or documents from EDD within two weeks of submitting your claim. If you have not received anything, contact EDD as soon as possible to ensure your claim was submitted properly or that you have not missed an important request.
If you are ever denied your claim for benefits, please contact me right away so we can discussion possible options including an appeal.
That’s a lot!
As usual, I’d like to remind you of the resources available to Part Time faculty through the Instructor Support Shell in Canvas or to the GCC website for Adjunct Faculty Information. If you have not yet signed up for the Instructor Support Shell, please go to https://gcc.instructure.com/enroll/NARBAD.
This Canvas shell was developed by our Adjunct Faculty Support Coordinator, John Fuhrmann who has also hosted a large number of workshops in the past year. John will be stepping down from this position, so please send him a huge “Thank You!” for all his work on our behalf! firstname.lastname@example.org
This means that the position of Adjunct Faculty Support Coordinator is now open for applications. It comes with 30% release time stipend, and the closing date is June 2, 2021. This is a great opportunity for Part Time faculty!
Okay, enough said.
I wish everyone good luck with the end-of-the-term grading, and I hope you have the best summer possible as pandemic restrictions are lifted!
CFT Part Time Faculty Committee
2nd Vice President
Glendale College Guild AFT#2276
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208