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Email us to join today’s Filing Party online, by phone

Send us an email at optfa@newfacultymajority.info if you would like to join the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Dec. 18, either online or by phone. Once we get your email, we will log into the meeting where we can walk you through the unemployment compensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

It’s the holiday season: File for unemployment

Get in the holiday spirit and and join your colleagues in filing for unemployment compensation at the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

We’ll serve cookies, beverages and pizza as we walk you through the unemployment steve street unemployment compensation initiativecompensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

Who can file

You can file for unemployment benefits once fall term is over if you are unemployed and you do not have reasonable assurance of continued employment for next term. It is important to file as soon as the term is over so that you can qualify for the maximum number of benefit weeks between terms. Plus, if the class or classes you have been assigned to teach for spring are cancelled due to lack of enrollment, you will then be in a position to receive unemployment benefits retroactively.

Filing Party locations

In person

We will meet at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA in Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

By phone or online

1. Please join my meeting.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296615981

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (267) 507-0017
Access Code: 296-615-981
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 296-615-981

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

State Sen. Turner contacts ODJFS about unemployment compensation concerns

State Senator Nina Turner has sent a letter to Michael Colbert, director of the Ohio Department of State Senator Nina TurnerJob and Family Services, asking him to address “inconsistent judgments in claims for unemployment benefits” for part-time faculty in the state.

In her letter dated Sept. 30, 2013, Turner maintains that “the main challenge arises from the lack of a clear, workable definition of what constitutes a ‘reasonable assurance’ of employment, as mentioned in Section 4141.29(I)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code.”

Nina Turner letter

As a result, one adjunct faculty member at a university can find his unemployment claim approved, while his colleague, teaching under the same insecure conditions, has hers denied, even after filing appeals.

Some fight every claim; others don’t

Some colleges and universities in the state do not fight the unemployment compensation claims of adjunct faculty. Others, such as the University of Akron, fight every claim that is filed.

This term, UA’s human resources department provided its vice presidents, deans and chairs with a “Reasonable Assurance Memo,” warning them that “failure to give timely reasonable assurance of employment for the next semester can lead to the loss of valued faculty and increased unemployment charges to the department.”

UA’s characterization of the offer of a class for the next term as “reasonable assurance,” is disingenuous, as any class could be cancelled or reassigned to a full-time faculty member due to lack of enrollment.

UA’s definition — and some Ohio Department of Job and Family Services rulings regarding part-time faculty’s eligibility for unemployment compensation — are contrary to information disseminated by ODJFS. One publication, which Sen. Turner cited in her letter, states:

Regardless of whether you are a professional or nonprofessional, if the offer of work is contingent upon sufficient funding or enrollment, you would not have reasonable assurance for the next school year or term.

Help with your unemployment compensation claim

 

Help with your unemployment compensation claim

Within the past six weeks, the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association sent two public records requests to seven Ohio institutions of higher education.

As of now, we have received documents from Lakeland Community College and the University of Akron. We have uploaded these to our website.

You can find all public records we received by clicking on the Campuses tab, then on the link for the individual college or university. We will post more as we get them.

Among the documents we already received were a response letter from legal counsel at UA and an email from legal counsel at LCC that said a list of part-time faculty who have been assigned courses for fall semester 2013, as well as contracts for those faculty, will not be available until October (at UA) or the tenth week of the semester (at LCC).

If you are an adjunct at UA or LCC, these documents may help bolster your unemployment compensation claim and/or its appeal, if your claim has been denied because the university has argued you have “reasonable assurance of employment” in the fall term. These documents appear to indicate otherwise. Please consider downloading them and including them in your unemployment compensation appeal to help bolster your case.

We also recommend that you read this post about a UA adjunct who won her unemployment compensation appeal after a telephone hearing was conducted. We have posted the documents she included in her successful appeal, which made a cogent argument regarding the difference between the “possibility of employment” and “reasonable assurance of employment” using wording from the Federal Unemployment Tax Act and UA policies.

You can find the documents she used on the University of Akron page on this site. They are located under the heading “Documents for your unemployment compensation claim or appeal.”

You can find the public records we received at these links:

More unemployment compensation resources: