College slashes instructors’ hours to avoid Obamacare

What a surprise!

No matter the machination of Big Government, Americans have a mind of our own and will do what we need to preserve our self interest.

That is exactly what businesses across America are doing — slashing their employees’ hours and firing them altogether, in order to avoid the juggernaut called Obamacare that’s coming their way. As an example, last month Orlando-based Darden Restaurants stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.

The latest is a Pennsylvania community college that’s slashing its already low-paid instructors’ hours to avoid Obamacare.

Wynton Hall reports for Bretibart.com, Nov. 21, 2012:

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

“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.

On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million.

“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.”

The solution, says United Steelworkers representative Jeff Cech, is that adjunct professors should unionize in an attempt to thwart schools seeking similar cost-savings efforts from avoiding Obamacare. “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.”

Under the new CCAC policy, adjunct professors will only be allowed to teach 10 credit hours a semester. Adjuncts are paid $730 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.”

I can’t help but wonder how many of Community College of Allegheny County’s instructors, whose hours are now cut, had voted for Obama on Nov. 6?

~Eowyn

23 responses to “College slashes instructors’ hours to avoid Obamacare

  1. they were warned of this. fools do not hear.

  2. hmmmmm suprised? NOT!!

  3. How’s that knee-jerk liberalism working out for ya, university folk?

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this excellent post. Indeed, it is ironic to think how many of the collegiate staff voted for Obama. Such businesses have no choice because they simply do not have the money to pay for Obamacare or Obamatax. Now there will be even more unemployed people, and people who are suffering economic decline because of the reduction in their work hours. Unbelievable!

  5. the steelworkers goon evidently hasn’t heard of the bakers union debacle. the bakers 5,300 members walked out, now 18,500 members of other unions are out of work as the company shut down. someone may buy the brands and physical assets, but you can bet they won’t open as a union shop, or anywhere outside of a right to work state. the union brass will keep their jobs of course, and fat pay cheques, but the rank and file are screwed, as usual.

  6. Thanks. Going to reblog. Hope you get a few hits from my readers.

  7. The best aspect of this madness is that it ABSOLUTELY will explode in short order. Unfortunately, this will mean more years of chaos and insufficient medical service. Has anyone wondered lately why the USA is the ONLY major industrialised nation on the planet that cannot devise sustainable universal medical coverage? Maybe NASA could, as it must be rocket science. Oh, but it works for the pigs –sorry, I mean people– in Congress.

  8. …and among those unemployed will be the doctors who are leaving the practise of medicine in disgust, and their nurses, technicians and office staff. we already have been talking about a shortage of doctors, wait a few years and see what it will look like.

  9. Adding you to my blogroll on D.C. Clothesline. Thanks for the great reading material. Hopefully my readers will enjoy it as much as I do.

  10. Ramon D. Baker, M.D.

    Excellent article. I also enjoy reading opinions from all comers of any description. Although I may be accused of having great genes (Really? An unfair advantage??), it astonishes me that an overwhelming number of people stand ready to grouse about the need of better health care – when they fail to alter their health status early in life with temperance in habits of food/ weight control, drink, exercise, common safety sense and basic hygiene, etc. They skillfully avoid mention of these factors or even a discussion of illicit drug use. (Oh, darn – here I go again! How stupid!) It’s actually someone else’s fault that we can’t (WON’T) take better care of ourselves and invest time in educating our children to do so as well… Now, before castigating me and my “biased” (?) opinion, allow me to mention that there are certainly those with a real need for special health care as well as a “hand up” (not a handout) due to unfortunate circumstances or accidents not caused by speeding, DUIs or texting…
    I humbly submit that I feel blessed even though I had to improvise to pay many premiums for health and disability insurances that I never got to use, usually because I either healed from surgery or illness before insurance “kicked in”. I am certain the unused insurance premiums paid for someone else’s needs instead, and should be grateful for that also.
    There will always be proponents claiming Socialism “is the wave of the future” who ignore everyday fatal (as in “ka-put”) problems of real people in Canada, for example. I wish I could post the gut-wrenching “incidents” offered by one Canadian during the threat of Hillary-Care in the ’90s. The poor bloke had to pay for office visits, medicines and splints – but he was lucky. A relative with coronary disease died because he had to go onto a waiting list of six months, etc. So what. you say? Well for one thing, it is not uncommon and we too will eventually share this experience.
    What’s the moral of this tale? The Socialists cannot steal our health or our souls, despite the fact they can and will steal our money and livelyhoods. They are not always necessarily evil – after all, it’s just a “social experiment”.
    Oh, before I forget: I am a physician who will retire ASAP. Best Wishes…

  11. LOL – Yeah, that karma thing just sucks, don’t it?

    Actions do have consequences, after all.

    -Dave

  12. Pingback: Americans in shock as businesses cut work hours and health benefits because of Obamacare | The Daily Sheeple

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