Universities are citadels of blue model thinking and most faculty members are relentlessly liberal in their politics. But the reality is that these same universities are some of the nastiest and most exploitative employers in America. The exploitation of adjuncts is an ugly feature of contemporary American academic life, and the smug complacency about it among many beneficiaries of the two tier system should remind us all that moral hypocrisy can co-exist with impressive degrees.
Monday, January 21, 2013
More Consequences of Obamacare
A few weeks back, I linked to an article in one of the Pittsburgh papers about community college that was cutting back hours for adjuncts and other part-time staff to less than 30 hours per week so that the college would not have to provide health insurance to these employees starting January 1, 2014. Unsurprisingly, other colleges and universities are taking the same path: reducing hours of adjuncts to less than 30 hours per week. The net effect is that many adjuncts, who already are very poorly paid, will have even less money with which to purchase health insurance that by law they will be required to go and find at the beginning of next year. Via Meadia points out: