Kingwood Area Democrat Marc Croes knocks another one out of the park. Mark says,
Kyle Scott’s November 13th column in the Observer exposed one of Lone Star College’s dirty little secrets while simultaneously pointing out one of the fundamental differences between the progressive and conservative philosophies. Mr. Scott was bemoaning that the Affordable Care Act might force Lone Star College to give some of their adjunct faculty full time status, thus making them eligible for health insurance benefits.
Let’s look at the current lot of an adjunct professor trying to support a family and earn a middle class living by teaching at Lone Star. An adjunct can teach a limit of three classes per semester at a campus, earning approximately $5000 with no benefits. Lone Star refuses to let them teach a fourth class on any campus because that would make them a full time employee eligible for those benefits which Mr. Scott bemoans. An ambitious adjunct can repeat this schedule at two additional campuses, bumping their income to $15,000 per semester. They still receive no benefits, despite working 60-80 hours per week. With some summer work, they can earn $35,000 in a year with no benefits, while burning 5-10% of their income on gas driving to classes which are scattered all over town.
This practice is akin to MacDonald’s hiring you to work 60 hours a week, but demanding that you do it at three different restaurants so you would not be considered a full time employee at any of them, thereby making you ineligible for benefits and/or overtime pay.