Oakton CC Tells Dept. Chairs: “Limit Adjuncts’ Hours to Avoid Affordable Healthcare Act Pay-out”
by Tom Robb
When Henry Ford first put his Model T’s and Model A’s on the assembly line, he introduced a revolutionary concept: workers should be able to afford the cars they are making. That concept seems lost on today’s business leaders and others.
Last week, Oakton Community College, which serves Glenview and several North Shore communities, held a meeting in which academic department heads and union officials were told to limit adjunct instructors credit hours of work. Union officials say college administrators wanted to ensure none of their adjunct faculty would work enough hours to qualify for mandatory health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called “Obamacare” by some, that takes effect next year.
The ACA mandates employees working more than 30 hours per week receive health insurance with a few exceptions for small companies. Meanwhile, disparities between what those at the top of the income ladder earn compared to those at the bottom continue to widen.
The ACA and proposed hike to $9 per hour in the minimum wage leads business leaders to claim the sky is falling, saying the moves would kill “job creation.” As seen locally by officials at Oakton, this phenomenon is
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