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University Liberals Mugged by Reality

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by carpro, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member

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    http://blogs.the-american-interest....es-bludgeon-adjuncts-with-obamacare-loophole/

    January 20, 2013

    Universities Bludgeon Adjuncts With Obamacare Loophole

    When the Affordable Care Act passed in early 2010, many in academia—faculty and students alike—cheered on. But now that its provisions are going into effect, some of these same people are learning firsthand that Obamacare has some nasty side effects.

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    In Ohio, instructor Robert Balla faces a new cap on the number of hours he can teach at Stark State College. In a Dec. 6 letter, the North Canton school told him that “in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act… employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week.”

    Mr. Balla, a 41-year-old father of two, had taught seven English composition classes last semester, split between Stark State and two other area schools. This semester, his course load at Stark State is down to one instead of two as a result of the school’s new limit on hours, cutting his salary by about a total of $2,000.
     
  2. Bob Alkire

    Bob Alkire New Member

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    Everything looks good when someone else is paying or paying most of it, but when you have to pay that is a different picture.
     
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    just-want-peace Well-Known Member

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    There are going to be many eyes opened that have been shut for the last 4 plus years -- very shocked!!!
     
  4. Arbo

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    And many will soon ask, "There's really no such thing as a free lunch?"

    I fear that America is on the path to a Scandinavian-like cradle-to-grave social policy.
     
  5. Bob Alkire

    Bob Alkire New Member

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    You could be correct. I see more and more folks who have their hands out wanting something.
     
  6. Aaron

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    But it will be two late.
     
  7. preachinjesus

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    One of the sad realities for many well credentialed university profs is that they are faced with growing class loads, reduced support, and a job market that is downright terrible. A way that many colleges and universities are cutting costs is by hiring adjunct and part time faculty into roles and positions that will never lead to full time, tenured faculty. There is a great and growing number of people who have expensive doctorates who are being toyed around with by these colleges and universities. Its kinda sad.

    Ironically, these institutions are going to use the ACA to help stave off bringing these individuals onto full time faculty. The operations of most universities and colleges in no ways resembles what it used to. It is far more about the brutal realities of business which often stand in opposition to more liberal ideals. ;)
     
  8. Arbo

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    Welcome to the real world of liberalism, the same one that much of academia is responsible for. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Bob Alkire

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    I agree, my friend. I found out many years ago, that on the finance committee, things seem to work out better the more business men, self employed that is over educators, government workers and factory workers. One is looking at what you get and the other is looking at what you can afford.
     
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