I was delighted to “see” so many of you at our Part-Time Faculty Guild Meeting on October 3rd! For those of you who could not participate, I will summarize our activities here.
PART-TIMERS, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Ancillary Funds. According to our Collective Bargaining Agreement, Part-Time faculty shall receive stipends for Ancillary Activities. These activities shall not count or be used for purposes of calculating eligibility for full-time, contract or regular status. If you do the work, you should be compensated! See CBA Article VIII, Section 16, Paragraph E.
Underemployment/Unemployment. Governor Newsom’s two-week hold on EDD because of the rising backlog of applications only revealed the depth of the backlog! Many Part-Timers across the state have yet to hear from their summer applications. Do not let this pause deter you from applying if you do not receive any assignments, or if you receive a reduction in assignments. It is our right to apply for UI benefits as we have no reasonable assurance of employment. Again, I will refer you to the Contingent World website for help in the application forms. http://www.contingentworld.com/unemployment/unemployment_reopen.php.
Furthermore, I ask that you contact your state representative directly regarding any problems you may have had or have with filing and receiving your benefits. Guild Exec is working on a “how-to” process that will be available soon. In the meantime, find out who your representatives are! Go to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Emergency Funds. Guild Exec is exploring the possibility of an Emergency Fund for Part-Time faculty based upon voluntary contributions. Come to our membership meeting to learn more!
Disability Benefits. Did you know that Part-Time faculty do not have any disability benefits? In the age of COVID, how do you feel about that?
The last week of October is known as Campus Equity Week across the nation. It is at this time when we raise awareness of the working conditions of Part-Time faculty. This year, because of the national elections, Part-Time Faculty Rights: Campus Equity Week activities will span from the end of October to mid-November.
Based upon previous inquiries, I plan to have online presentation/workshops dealing with propositions on the November ballot, CalSTRs retirement process, lack of disability benefits for Part-Time faculty, contacting our representatives for unemployment rights, and access to ancillary funds.
Help me help you. Let me know of issues and concerns that our community should be made aware!
Again, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time, firstname.lastname@example.org. AND, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
Your 2nd VP,
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