APSCUF believes that all faculty members at the 14 state-owned universities deliver quality education to their students and deserve fair and equitable treatment. Non-tenure track faculty members in the State System are guaranteed certain benefits as defined by the CBA, such as the right to the grievance procedure, sick days, personal days, and health and welfare benefits. We encourage non-tenure track faculty to get involved in APSCUF. To learn more about the organization, talk to your local Chapter President.
Know your contract!
The information below specifies sections of the contract that include language directly relating to temporary faculty members. To view the contracts, visit our Contract page. From there you can download the contract or search / browse it through Google Docs.
Resolution on Temporary Faculty and the Affordable Care Act
APSCUF's legislative body unanimously passed the resolution supporting temporary faculty across the State System and the nation and calling on PASSHE to act on the behalf of its employees rather than cutting off their right to the affordable health care benefits and hours they deserve. The employer mandate provisions of the PPACA have been extended until January 1, 2015, and APSCUF hopes PASSHE uses the time to ensure that temporary faculty members are adequately compensated and have affordable, quality healthcare.
A Resolution of the 176th Legislative Assembly of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties
Whereas, implementation of Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have been delayed until January 1, 2015;
Whereas, Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the PPACA require large employers, including PASSHE, to provide minimum essential healthcare coverage for anyone working an average of 30 hours per week;
Whereas, Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the PPACA require employer health coverage to be of minimum value (plan pays 60 percent of average claim cost for each individual) and affordable (employee premium cost is less than 9.5 percent of household income);
Whereas, college and university administrations throughout the country have cut temporary faculty teaching and prep hours to under 30 hours per week to avoid requirements of the ACA;
Whereas, the current cost-sharing structure for temporary faculty healthcare may not meet the minimum value/affordable plan requirements of the ACA; and
Whereas, PASSHE is planning for the requirements of the ACA to take effect on January 1, 2015;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the 176th Legislative Assembly of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties demands a commitment from PASSHE to refrain from cutting temporary faculty teaching and prep hours to avoid requirements of the Affordable Care Act; and
Be it further resolved, that the 176th Legislative Assembly of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties demands PASSHE ensure that the level of healthcare and cost-sharing for temporary faculty is not negatively impacted by the PPACA and meets minimum value and affordability requirements under the PPACA if it does not so already;
Be it further resolved, that APSCUF stands in solidarity with temporary faculty and temporary faculty groups across the nation fighting to maintain teaching/prep hours and fighting for the healthcare they deserve.
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New report focuses on temporary faculty
The Center for the Future of Higher Education recently released its second report “Who is Professor 'Staff' and how can this person teach so many classes?”
The report - a collaboration with the New Faculty Majority Foundation - critiques the trends in faculty hiring that impact student learning conditions. The report is based on a survey of 500 contingent faculty teaching in institutions across the country. It argues that higher education institutions hire low-wage adjunct faculty at the last minute and ask them to teach large classes with limited access to instructional resources. These actions lead to inadequate working conditions for temporary faculty and shortchange students.
APSCUF is proud to represent temporary faculty members and will continue to fight for fair and equitable working conditions for all faculty members and coaches at the fourteen state-owned universities. Because of our collective efforts, temporary faculty members at State System institutions have better wages and working conditions than their colleagues at other colleges and universities, but we can do better.
For more information about “Who is Professor “Staff” and how can this person teach so many classes?” see articles in Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.