As the semester or trimester winds down, your union reminds all adjunct faculty to contact the Employment Development Department of the State of California at 800/300-5616 as soon as you have administered your last final exam.
Tell them you have been laid off (unfortunately, you have, EVEN if your name is in the printed Fall class schedule since “your” class might not fill or a full-time faculty might take it to fill their basic load).
Tell the caseworker you want to apply for unemployment compensation. If you are not otherwise working, you should be able to draw checks every week until the semester/trimester begins. The caseworker will need the name and address of your employer/college district and may ask you, when you mention you are a teacher, if you have “reasonable assurance of continued employment.” The answer is NO. (Full-time teachers do, but part-time faculty do NOT.) And you are not “on recess” (for K-12 teachers only).
If necessary, mention the CERVISI decision (a community college part-time teacher who was denied unemployment, appealed and won). The decision is codified in EDD Field Directive 89-55UI (in case they give you a really hard time!) Of course, if the caseworker you initially talk to is obstreperous, you can always hang up, call back and start the process all over again with someone who is more knowledgeable.
Or apply online at www.edd.ca.gov/eapply4ui.
Help us sign up new members!
We are looking for union-friendly AdFac members who enjoy meeting and talking with adjuncts about our union so that we can increase our local’s membership.
Unions are organizations of workers who join so they will have greater influence in determining their wages, hours, and other working conditions. We believe there is strength in numbers. Unions are best able to represent workers when members are strong and unified. But unions are only as strong as their members’ involvement.
Historically, unions have fought for and won many benefits that most Americans enjoy today, such as an eight-hour work day and minimum wage. AdFac’s accomplishments include: raises, additional steps, preferred consideration, bonuses, medical premium reimbursement.
We are offering compensation to recruit new members for our union. This is a great opportunity to earn extra income. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved.
Adjunct Faculty United is seeking qualified union members
interested in serving on our board in 2 paid positions:
1. Committee on Political Education (COPE) Chair
2. Negotiations Committee Chair
Job descriptions can be found in our Constitution online at
www.adfacunited.org/Publications (see Article V, Sections7 & 8).
If interested, contact us at (714) 526-5759 or by email
We also have a committee position open:
3. Technology Coordinating Council
This position is paid by the District.
If interested, contact us: (714) 524-5759 or firstname.lastname@example.org