Sunday, July 19, 2009

UI for adjuncts

Below's a handy reference. Anecdotally, successfully filing for (claiming) unemployment benefits can be an iffy affair, even within a single state: sometimes a contract for fall, e.g., can be interepreted as "reasonable assurance of future employment," which is the language of current Labor Law in New York state, so written to prevent schoolteachers who really DO have such assurance from trying to collect. In New York State now, as in other states, legislation specifically aimed at allowing contingent higher-education faculty to qualify for benefits during summer and winter breaks -- regardless of appointments that are contingent upon enrollment -- has been introduced. Meanwhile, this state's online unemployment filing system asks specific questions about higher-education faculty -- why, if we're claiming, we think our future contracts doubtful -- and some payment is being made, even without the legislation.

"Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty", by 
Berry, Stewart and Worthen, published by Chicago COCAL, 2008. Order
from Email or call number above for bulk orders.

1 comment:

  1. Steve - sounds like a must-have resource, but I can't see the complete listing. I think it got pasted into a no-line-breaks format instead of usual wrapping. I know - sometimes it must seem as though blogging features are out to get you... but it's not personal, just literal and not intuitive about how you want material formatted.

    Googled the manual, found an article in Academe (sadly sans links to manual), links to AFT FACE and COCAL sites, print copies for sale by Chicago COCAL through Zencart ($5 + $2 shipping).

    You download a PDF version of the revised pamphlet from the Chicago COCAL website (without the cover page).

    You can also order printed copies from the COCAL site. Because it is a non-profit site, it can only accept checks/money orders or PayPal for online orders. Orders will be shipped USPS First Class. If you need faster shipping, contact Joe Berry at mailto:

    If you want to order more than 10 copies, COCAL can offer bulk rates on shipping. Again, contact Joe Berry at

    Hope this helps...


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