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ObamaCare Devastating Local Govt. And Public School Workers

- February 21, 2014

State And Local Officials Have Conceded That ObamaCare Has Forced Municipal Governments And Public Schools To Cut Hours Of Part-Time Employees. “Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

Despite The Obama Administration’s Second Delay Of The ObamaCare Employer Mandate, The Hours Of Teachers, Prison Guards, And 911 Dispatchers Have Been Cut.  “Even after the administration said this month that it would ease coverage requirements for larger employers, public employers generally said they were keeping the restrictions on work hours because their obligation to provide health insurance, starting in 2015, would be based on hours worked by employees this year. Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

  • The City Of Medina, Ohio, Reduced The Hours Of Part-Time Employees From 35 Hours A Week To 29. “In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said. ‘Our choice was to cut the hours or give them health care, and we could not afford the latter,’ Mr. Hanwell, a Republican, said. The city’s 120 part-time employees include office clerks, sanitation workers, park inspectors and police dispatchers.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)
     
  • In Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Hours Were Reduced For Part-Time Employees Such As 911 Dispatchers, Prison Guards, And Emergency Responders. “Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

School Districts Across The Country Are Reducing Hours Of Part-Time Employees Because Of ObamaCare

ObamaCare Is Having “Unintended Consequences For School Systems Across The Nation,” According To A Connecticut Schools Superintendent.  “Mark D. Benigni, the superintendent of schools in Meriden, Conn., and a board member of the American Association of School Administrators, said in an interview that the new health care law was having ‘unintended consequences for school systems across the nation.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

  • Many School Districts Across The Country Face The Decision Of Whether To Reduce Part-Time Employees Or Lay-Off Teachers In Order To Absorb The Cost Of Providing Coverage For Part-Timers. “In Connecticut, as in many states, significant numbers of part-time school employees work more than 30 hours a week and do not receive health benefits. ‘Are we supposed to lay off full-time teachers so that we can provide insurance coverage to part-time employees?’ Mr. Benigni asked. ‘If I had to cut five reading teachers to pay for benefits for substitute teachers, I’m not sure that would be best for our students.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

In Order To Reduce The Hours Of Bus Drivers, Vigo County Indiana School System Cut School Field Trips And Transportation To Athletic Meets.  “In Indiana, Daniel T. Tanoos, the schools superintendent for Vigo County, which includes Terre Haute, said, ‘The school system has no way to increase prices as a private business can.’ To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

Universities Across The Country Are Cutting Hours Of Adjunct Faculty

The University Of Akron Had To Reduce Hours For Part-Time Faculty Or Pay For Health Care That The School Couldn’t Afford. “The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.” ‘We have more than 1,000 part-time faculty,’ Ms. Korey said. ‘Four hundred would have qualified for health insurance. That would add costs that we cannot afford.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

  • The University Of Akron Limited Its Adjunct Faculty To Eight Credit Hours Per Semester. “This issue is not unique to Ohio. University of Akron spokeswoman Eileen Korey said in an email that, ‘As you know, the issue of part-time faculty hours is a national one, with universities around the country taking a variety of steps to respond to the Affordable Care Act. At The University of Akron, where we employ about 1,000 part-time faculty during the year (56% of our teaching faculty) to teach about 40% of the credit hours, we decided to clearly define what we believe part-time means: a maximum of eight credit hours per semester.’” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)
     
  • ObamaCare Would Cost The University Of Akron An Extra $4 Million. “To cover part-time instructors, the University of Akron would need to come up with nearly $4 million, said Korey, the spokeswoman.” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

“Baldwin-Wallace College And Youngstown State University” Have Limited The Hours Of Adjunct Faculty. “This latter standard is why schools including the University of Akron, Baldwin-Wallace College and Youngstown State University say that they have started limiting the number of courses that any adjunct faculty member may teach.” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

  • About A Dozen Adjunct Faculty At Baldwin-Wallace College Had Their Hours Cut. “‘The vast majority of our adjuncts were not affected,” said Baldwin-Wallace spokeswoman Shawn Salamone. ‘Maybe a dozen, a few more than that, who did lose some hours.’” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

 


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