Part-Timers

Just a reminder to part-time faculty that if your course was canceled and assigned to a full-time faculty member within seven days prior to the first day of classes, you should be paid $300, as noted in the 6/7/17 Tentative Agreement.

September 13th, 2018

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The 4Cs 2016-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement is now available online here. It is also available on the BOR website at http://www.ct.edu/hr/labor#unclassified.

Looking for the Part-Timers Agreement? Jump to page 122 of the Contract (or numbered page 116).

Looking for the salary grids? Jump to page 79 of the Contract (or numbered page 70).

Thank you for your patience throughout this year. As you see on the BOR page, many of the bargaining units still have not finalized their Contracts. Please note that while the Contract is available online, we are going to having a waiting period before printing in case any small errors were missed. If you note anything, please email Ellen Benson.

The 4Cs will also be further formatting the Contract to make the online-version more user-friendly with internal links and an index; we will notify the membership when the document is ready.

May 25th, 2018

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Please join the 4Cs for our 2018 Membership Conference on Saturday, April 28 at the Mystic Hilton. The agenda and registration can be found here.

Workshops will include preparing for retirement, promotion and tenure, contract questions and answers, labor history, conflict resolution, the politics of public higher education, and more!

Our lunchtime speaker will be Steve Thornton, author of
Wicked Hartford. “One of the oldest cities in America, Hartford holds plenty of sinful stories. Famed inventor and industrialist Samuel Colt sold arms to both the North and South in the buildup to the Civil War. The notorious Seyms Street jail was the subject of national criticism and scandal for its deplorable conditions. Local journalist Daniel Birdsall fought to expose corruption in the powerful insurance industry and local government at the expense of his own printing presses. Tension between unions and “robber barons” such as Jay Gould spilled into the streets during the Gilded Age. In Wicked Hartford, Author Steve Thornton takes readers on an exciting journey through the seedy underbelly of Hartford’s past” (read more here).

Steve Thornton is a retired union organizer (the 4Cs and 1199) and community activist who has led strikes and organizing campaigns in Connecticut for the past 35 years. He has trained hundreds of people in nonviolent direct action and thousands of workers to become rank and file leaders. Steve has worked to build coalitions between various groups working on economic, racial, and environmental justice (http://bportlibrary.org/hc/author/steve-thornton/)

Registration will remain open until Friday, April 20. Please register here!

April 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Adjuncts, Events, Part-Timers, Unions

This week, we celebrate Campus Equity Week!
According to their website, ” The national Campus Equity Week campaign (CEW) seeks to promote awareness of the harmful consequences of the precarious situation of faculty in higher education, to organize for action, and to build solidarity among stakeholders.  CEW has expanded activism within the higher education labor movement and led to significant gains in equity (increases in compensation and due process protections), largely among faculty represented by unions.  Only a small minority of non-tenure-track faculty in the U.S. are members of collective bargaining units” (https://www.campusequity2017.com/about-cew).
The 4Cs has set up tables on some of our campuses to provide some visibility to this important event!

 

November 1st, 2017

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Adjuncts as educators have unique challenges depending on their personal and professional situations. Join us on Saturday, April 22 for a 4Cs conference from 10am-2pm at Middlesex Community College that will address issues each part-time educator faces in long-term professional development.
The 4Cs is seeking presenters of workshops by adjuncts and full-time educators and others to share expertise on successful strategies and pathways to goals. If you are interested in presenting, please sign up here.
Some of the planned workshops include:
  • The role of Adjuncts and increasing demand for STEM professors.
  • Adjuncts and Benefits ranging from Planning for Health, Retirement and Employment Entitlements,   including insights from colleagues that cover Unemployment Entitlements between contracts.
  • Finding a voice and the importance of political engagement to promote your voices regardless of political affiliation. The workshop will also investigate trends in the academic arena.
  • “Publish or Perish”:  How and why publishing research, expert opinion, and practical work in your discipline is a critical pathway to student and professional success.

While the conference is free, we ask that you register hereas both breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conference is open to all part-time and full-time faculty and staff in Connecticut.

April 12th, 2017

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Hello and welcome to the Spring Semester! I hope you were fortunate enough to have your class run. Last semester, one of my courses was canceled due to low enrollment. It looked like that would happen again this spring, but the night class filled at the last minute. Whew!
I teach computer graphics at Tunxis. I’ve been teaching since 2006. Back then, I was married and not as dependent on my teaching income. My graphic design business was thriving and my husband worked. Now that I’m divorced, it’s different. I am well aware what it’s like to have half your income disappear. It’s a sick feeling. Losing income as well as contributions to your retirement plan is scary. Especially when you’re over 60.
Add the burden of purchasing health insurance as an individual over 60. That is something many of our full time colleagues haven’t thought about. When married, I didn’t give it much thought either. My former husband worked for the State and I enjoyed exceptional health coverage with little thought to those who didn’t.
Since the divorce, I’ve been on COBRA paying $978 per month for BCBS through the state. Last semester, my take home pay for one course was $1100/month. Guess where my adjunct income went? Good thing I had savings, freelance work, and a weekly yoga class to teach.
Knowing COBRA ends March 1st, I looked for health coverage during open enrollment. And I learned the Affordable Care Act is not very affordable!Premiums for plans with $5000 – $10,000 deductibles (and 80/20 co-pays) were over $700 per month. What an eye opening experience! Looking at all the available plans made me wonder if purchasing insurance through Tunxis would be a better deal. So I contacted the college. Maria Drwiega in payroll was very helpful and provided info on plans and costs. The BCBS POE coverage I had on COBRA would cost about the same as the high deductible polices on the open market – but without the high deductibles! My monthly insurance cost will be about $730 per month. Premiums are not deducted from pay, but paid by the employee. I will have to go on COBRA between semesters at a slightly higher cost. But keeping the same insurance is worth it.
So fellow adjuncts – if you find yourself needing health insurance, do yourself a favor and contact your college.  As adjuncts, we are entitled to purchase group health insurance through the state. And parents, you can also insure your dependents. When you compare what you get as a state employee to what an individual can purchase on the open market, it’s a no brainer! (In my opinion.)
For many, 2016 was a tough year. I’m not one for whining and complaining. I believe in taking action. I hope you will get involved this year and support your union. We need your input and action more than ever before. Try to attend Higher Ed day at the State Capitol this Thursday, January 26. Many colleges are sponsoring buses. There will be a rally at noon with other events throughout the day. Click here for more info.
There’s no better time than now to make your choices heard! Make it a great semester and be the change you wish to see.
Robyn Brooks
4Cs VP Part Timers

January 23rd, 2017

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The University of Hartford adjuncts voted to join the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges and SEIU Faculty Forward, marking the first successful effort by adjuncts at a private university in Connecticut!

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January 5th, 2017

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By Bob Reutenauer, 4Cs Organizer

Adjunct faculty members Robyn Brooks (Tunxis), Ray Esponda (Gateway), and 4Cs staff organizer Bob Reutenauer represented the 4Cs in early August at COCAL Conference at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) is a grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. The conference is held every two years and this year was the 12th. The network works to improve higher education through the collective achievement of job security, livable wages, academic freedom, and time and resources for academic research and professional development for contingent academic laborers.

The 4Cs delegation joined 300 other contingent educators from all geographic regions of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., including three adjuncts from CSU-AAUP. Faculty came from all levels of higher education, from public to private non-profit and for-profit institutions. COCAL is dedicated to alerting the broader community about the trends that undermine higher education by staging media events, improving legislation concerning higher education, and identifying colleagues at institutions and assisting them in forming collective bargaining units and negotiating strong contracts.

We all share the same angst with the corporatization of higher education. The precarious status of part-time faculty is global. No benefits, job security, equity, student debt, – a long litany of shared concerns. The most striking achievement of COCAL XII was the knowledge shared by our our Mexican colleagues about the extreme repression they face as unionists organizing to maintain livable wages and decent teaching and learning conditions. Like the Mexican government, the Canadian and USA governments push austerity measures and privatization that we actively oppose. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose. But we have not been arrested, brutalized or even killed as faculty and student activists in Oaxaca were this year for doing exactly as we do— standing together for dignity and respect for ourselves and our profession.

The next COCAL conference will be in 2018, and planning is beginning now to hold the event in Mexico.

October 19th, 2016

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Adjunct faculty are joining the global  day of action on Tuesday, November 10 in support of the Fight for $15. Strikes and demonstrations will take place in 270 cities. In Hartford, there will be a march starting at 3:45pm at the McDonald’s at 170 Washington Street and ending at the Legislative Office Building.

 

Following the march, Connecticut’s new, low-wage worker advisory panel will hear testimony from the public. The Wage Board will advise agencies on issues facing low-wage employees. The board’s listed tasks include recommending minimum wage rates needed for an “economically stable living standard” in Connecticut.

 

To find out additional information about our November 10 action, please contact Greg Jackson at greg@the4cs.org.

 

November 6th, 2015

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April 21st, 2015

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