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Chaparral 2022-2023: 31.6 Adjunct Junction

Adjunct Junction

by Juli Wolfgram
2nd Vice President, Glendale College Guild


Hello, Part-Time Faculty!

So much has happened in this term, I will only cover the highlights.

Part Time Faculty Healthcare

As you know, we have provisions in our CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) offering Part-Time faculty the same plans at the same cost as those offered our Full-Time colleagues. Even though it was not possible to begin implementation of the healthcare benefits provisions this term, the Guild is working with the District to take advantage of the 100% reimbursement program in the fall

Know Your Rights!

Over the years, the Guild has worked hard to secure Part-Time faculty rights! Please familiarize yourself with your rights at GCC by reviewing the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement):

  • Ancillary Pay versus Ad Hoc Ancillary Pay: Article VIII. Section 16.E.
  •  Rehire Right List: Article VI. Section 21.
  • Payment for Cancelled Class: Article VIII. Section 2.D.
  • Personal Necessity Days: Article VII. Section 3.A.2.
  • Parity: Article VII. Section 24.

EDD UI Benefits Application

As we near the end of the term, many of us will be (re)filing for unemployment benefits. This is a right guaranteed by the 1989 Cervisi Decision because Part-Time faculty do not have a “reasonable assurance” of employment, even if we are scheduled with an assignment. Part-Time Faculty are “at will” employees, and our employment can be cancelled at any time due to low enrollment or to fill load for a contract faculty member.

This spring, when applying for unemployment, the dates of the term are February 21 through June 17, 2023. Your “supervisor” is the Vice President of Human Resources, Brittany Grice, and her telephone number is 818-240-1000.

Remember, even if your chair has you scheduled for an assignment in the summer or fall, that assignment can be cancelled at any time. You are unemployed as of June 18.

Two items of note:

  • Because the term ends on a Saturday, your application for benefits will not make the weekly deadline for benefits that week. Furthermore, EDD customarily does not pay for that first week of unemployment. Therefore, it will be two weeks before you will be eligible for unemployment benefits. (Yes, this will be the case again in the Fall 2023, but the last day of the term will change back to Wednesday for Spring 2024).
  • Second, and this is a big one, EDD has been erroneously calculating earned wages based upon dates of payment. This violates their own rules, and automatically makes you ineligible for your rightful unemployment benefits. If you are denied benefits for any reason, you should appeal the decision—even if you made an error in the application! We are allowed to make mistakes. Recently, these notices have become rather alarming in their demands for repayment of thousands of dollars from past claims and in their threats of fines and garnishments. Don’t panic! Take a deep breath, and immediately file an appeal. Contact me and I will help you through the process.

As before, I refer you to the ContingentWorld website where the Chair of the CFT Part-Time Committee keeps recent instructions of how to complete the application. It has been updated to include EDD’s recent egregious attempts to scare recipients from their rightful benefits. You have a right to unemployment benefits!Hello Summer

This summer, I will be busy helping Professor Paul Sherman with the Study Abroad Summer Program in Indonesia. It will be the first time I return to international travel since the pandemic, and I am anxious to get back! I’ll let you know all about it in the fall!

As always, I encourage you to try to make it to Commencement. Many of our students who will be graduating want to share their excitement with those of us who helped them succeed. Congratulations to them, and kudos to you for helping them graduate!

Don’t forget to have a great summer!

In unity,
CFT Part-Time Faculty Committee
2nd Vice President
Glendale College Guild AFT#2276
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208

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