California College & Union Drop the Ball on Health Insurance Fund for Part-Timers

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Part-time faculty members at Palomar College say they’re terrified of losing health insurance since the college has depleted the money it set aside for that benefit this year. The dispute reflects the tense labor negotiations under way at the college, and touches on the role and rights of part-time instructors. The college allots $138,000 for health benefits for its part-time faculty but spent nearly all of that during the fall semester, said John Tortarolo, Palomar’s vice president for human resources.“We went to the faculty and said, ‘There’s a problem,'” Tortarolo said. “‘We’re willing to cover the shortfall in the short […]
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