Yesterday, four weeks' payment that had been held up pending an investigation into the extent to which my Fall PT contract constituted "reasonable assurance of future employment," in the Labor Law's phrase, were direct-deposited in my account. Three weeks' payment had been made in July before the investigation; all except one, a week during which I worked a day on a freelance job, were for $274, the amount determined based on my highest previous year's quarter's income, plus a $25 Federal supplement recently passed. As indicated in earlier posts, the NYS Department of Labor's online claim form asks specific questions of educators, giving us ample opportunity to explain our trepidation at the promise of Fall courses (in my case, my assigned Spring courses were cancelled, and although I received others later, that was enough to make me wonder). Now, as of this week, all three of my Fall courses are full, according to our school's online registration system, so I won't claim any more weeks. But receiving this assistance for seven of this summer's weeks -- almost exactly equal to a one-week job I had in June grading AP essays for ETS, interestingly enough --made this summer exponentially more tolerable for me than last, psychologically as well as financially. Meanwhile, the legislation for guaranteeing adjunct UI that was introduced earlier this summer -- corresponding bills S4123a and A613a -- haven't made it the schedule for voting on this session that just opened either, yet, though I'm told that they might come up at any time. In my initial gratitude at my case's resolution I wondered about the need for such legislation, but without the details of how and why the investigation into my case was resolved, I don't know whether it was a single-case decision or a precedent. Either way, it's no reason NOT to continue pressing for passage of these bills, which would serve as notice to schools of the true full cost of employing teachers at length on short-term contracts as well as to adjuncts without summer work that they do have an alternative to starving, borrowing, or dipping into savings while waiting for their poverty-level jobs to start.
I'd be interested in hearing from any others in NYS or other states who might have filed this summer, with either similar or less favorable outcomes.