Saturday, November 24, 2012

Latest Layoffs Due To Obamacare: Pennsylvania College

There have been a slew of companies that have threatened or will definitely be slashing employee hours because of Obamacare, including many restaurants from Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse) to Papa John's Pizza, and Denny's, among others. But it's not just waiters and waitresses that will suffer the consequences, other corporations are following suit, and now the education industry is going to be effected, as well.

Adjunct professors, part-time instructors, and staff (all 400 of them!) at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pennsylvania will see their hours cut so as to avoid Obamacare.  As of December 31, part-timers will have their weekly hours cut to 25, saving the college $6 million.

"It's kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don't have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.
"While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so," said CCAC spokesperson David Hoovler. "Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further."
Do you think they might be a tad annoyed with themselves for voting for Barack Obama, who won the Pennsylvania vote handily?  They should be, because it's going to happen to a lot more companies across the nation when Obamacare becomes a reality in 2013. There will be thousands of people either unemployed or underemployed because companies will no longer be able to afford keeping them.

Regarding CCAC, the United Steelworkers union rep Jeff Cech recommends adjunct professors  unionizing to avoid similar situations.

"They may be complying with the letter of the law, but the letter of law and the spirit of the law are two different things," said Mr. Cech. "If they are doing it at CCAC, it can't be long before they do it other places."
Like the unions were able to save the 18,000 Hostess workers from losing their jobs.

CCAC adjuncts will only be teaching 10 credit hours per semester at $730.00 per credit hour.

"We all know we are expendable," said Mr. Davis, "and there are plenty of people out there in this economy who would be willing to have our jobs."
Yes, everyone is expendable, Mr. Davis. Of course, I have no idea who you voted for, but I'd be willing to bet it was Obama.

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