Archive for May 28, 2016

Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association Picnic Sat. June 4, 1:00 pm

2016OPTFAPicnic2Where: Brecksville Reservation, Brecksville, Ohio. Plateau Picnic Area.

Directions: From Rt 77 take Rt 82 East. Turn Right on Riverview Rd (sign reads road is closed, but is open to park entrance). Turn Right on Chippewa Creek Drive. Plateau picnic area is on the left just past the bridge over Chippewa Creek.

RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

BYOB (but no alcohol permitted at Metroparks) and feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share. OPFA will provide burgers and hot dogs to grill and other basics

Kent Unemployment Workshop Gets Big Turnout

Powerpoint available here: UC Workshop Kent May 23 2016

“Cultivating an Ethics of the Public Good in Higher Education”, a panel at John Carroll University.

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues . . . but unemployment benefits help

Adjuncts facing a summer without pay because of no/reduced class assignments in the summer need to file for unemployment.  Check your eligibility and file at ODJFS https://jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/ClaimInformationPage.stm

When filing for unemployment, always remember to report that your term of employment at your Spring 2016 school(s) has/have ended.  Your employment documents demonstrate that you do NOT have “reasonable assurance” of continuing employment there — quote any such language:

“The College reserves the right to cancel this contract and/or class(es) for any or no reason, including but not limited to, if enrollment is insufficient, or if the College determines it must assign the class(es) to a full-time faculty member, or for any other reason. This contract and employment is subject to all appropriate College approvals and policies. Contracts are offered by semester and/or academic year, based on the needs of the College. Acceptance of this contract does not guarantee that the College will offer you additional contracts in the future.
By acknowledging and submitting the assignment(s) associated with this contract, you are electronically accepting this contract in accordance with the conditions stated above.” [Tri-C]

Point out as well that an ODJFS document affirms that adjuncts do not have reasonable assurance: https://jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/School_Employee_Handout.pdf  ( second page, bottom of left column).

If your claim is contested, appeal.  Refer to our Powerpoint on the process: http://optfa.com/powerpoint-from-unemployment-comp-workshops-now-available/

And report your experience at the NFM Unemployment Compensation Initiative web site:

www.unemploymentforadjuncts.com