Hello, Part-Time Faculty!
How is everyone doing? Did you have some time off during the winter session? At the beginning of February, I joined Cindy Pollack and Andres Cruz in attending the CFT Leadership Conference held in Universal City. The theme of this year’s conference was JEDI: Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion.
We participated in several engaging workshops, each addressing different issues of social justice. I had the privilege of meeting Marta Segura, Director of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office for the City of Los Angeles. Yes! There is such a department! Given the recent weather with river storms, snow, thunder, and the like, I was very glad to hear that the City of LA is actually making plans for the impact of global warming. Ms. Segura’s focus was on heat emergencies. As is often the case, heat emergencies always affect the lower income communities, those communities whose students benefit most from community colleges. The workshop gave me a lot to think about.
Speaking of social justice, I also took advantage of the conference to meet with several organizers and our legislative lobbyist who are involved in the Part Time Faculty Healthcare Campaign. Even though several districts have included language in their contracts to take advantage of the ongoing $200 million budgeted by Governor Newsom for Part Time Faculty Healthcare, these districts, ours included, are concerned that the program will not reimburse the districts for their upfront costs at 100% in a timely manner. This concern has stalled movement toward implementing the program. Be assured that we are all working on an equitable solution and that we will continue to find ways to implement the program as soon as possible!
Know Your Rights!
During winter session I received notification that a number of our Part Time faculty were denied unemployment benefits because of a miscommunication with EDD. If you were denied your earned benefits, don’t panic, file an appeal to buy time needed to resolve the issue. We have identified the problem and are working to prevent it from happening again. You will receive your benefits. Remember, if you were not given an assignment or if your class was cancelled due to lack of enrollment, it is your right to receive Unemployment Benefits, even if you only have a reduction in pay. Do not hesitate to use this right!
Once again, with the caveat that I am not an expert on EDD issues, I would refer you to a more detailed explanation on how to apply, to reopen a claim, and to file an appeal at contingentworld.com.
I will be representing you at the CFT Convention as this goes to press. And, yes, I will be advocating for ways to implement the health care program sooner rather than later. Please be on the lookout for my report via email if not at the next Adjunct Lounge!
CFT Part Time Faculty Committee
2nd Vice President
Glendale College Guild AFT#2276
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208
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