Youngstown State U. May Limit Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Health-Care Rule

An e-mail sent to employees in the university’s English department and obtained by The Huffington Post states that non-union, part-time instructors will be limited to working no more than 29 hours per week, in order to avoid the threshold that requires the university to provide health benefits. The message says that part-time instructors who exceed the cap “will not be eligible for employment for the next year.” The assistant to Youngstown State’s provost said the policy was “still under development.” The Community College of Allegheny County, in Pennsylvania, recently imposed similar limits.

Matt Williams, vice president of New Faculty Majority, a group that advocates for collective bargaining rights of adjunct instructors and professors, said he expects this type of action to become “par for the course.”

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