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!


January 5th, 2017

Posted In: Part-Timers, Uncategorized, Unions


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

Posted In: Part-Timers





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


November 6th, 2015

Posted In: Part-Timers, Unions



April 21st, 2015

Posted In: Part-Timers, Political Action

Part-time employees may be eligible for unemployment benefits during the semester if they do not receive a class or an E.A. contract, if they are not working full-time elsewhere, or are not working the equivalent of full-time because of multiple part-time jobs.

Part-time employees are not eligible for unemployment during the summer or intersession if there is a “reasonable assurance” of employment in the coming semester. This standard does not require a guarantee of reemployment. If there is a history of reemployment or you are offered a contract for the coming semester, this may constitute a reasonable assurance.

If you apply for unemployment for the summer or intersession and are granted it, the employer has the right to appeal that award. If on appeal, it is found that you should not have been granted unemployment, you will be required to pay back any benefits received.  Usually, the payback would come out of future unemployment payments. This would mean that payback would only occur if at some future date you are eligible for unemployment benefits.

Individuals may wish to apply for summer unemployment anyway because, if your class or classes do not run, you may be eligible for retroactive unemployment benefits. That would mean you would receive benefits retroactive to your last day of employment.

You can apply for unemployment benefits online. Go to:

June 11th, 2013

Posted In: Part-Timers

Summary Part-Timers’ Survey Results

This fall, the 4C’s Part-Timers Committee conducted a short demographic survey of community college part-timers. All 2,263 part-timers in the 4C’s bargaining unit were invited to participate.  570 part-timers responded.

Robyn Brooks, 4C’s Vice President from Part-Timers, drafted the survey. She said the Part-Timers Committee will be analyzing the results to help them better focus on issues that matter most to part-timers.

One startling statistic that emerged from the survey was that 82% of respondents were not aware that Professional Development Funds are available for part-timers.

“Our committee will be looking at ways to get information out to part-timers concerning these funds,” said Ana Jusino, Chair of the Part-Timers Committee.

January 18th, 2013

Posted In: Part-Timers