Posted on | November 23, 2012 | 33 Comments
If you think having the ship list to port is a bad idea, I have news for you about the efficacy of mustering the crew on the port midships quarterdeck to form a union and fight the list:
On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million.
“While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so,” said CCAC spokesperson David Hoovler. “Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further.”
The solution, says United Steelworkers representative Jeff Cech, is that adjunct professors should unionize in an attempt to thwart schools seeking similar cost-savings efforts from avoiding Obamacare.
You can have your opinion about forming a union. I have a one-word rebuttal: “Michigan”.
However the issue isn’t so much the idea of unions as Cech’s non-approach to analysis. CCAC isn’t the bad guy here. The pencil-necks of DC that excreted ObamaCare are. The wrong-headed notion that law == magic, and that ObamaCare could somehow has a positive effect, is at the root of the problem. As I had noted in the post “Mini Jobs Blow” we’re seeing nothing other than the importation of failed policy ideas from Europe.
Can’t tell if this is the Hope, the Change, or the Forward.
Update, also via Instapundit: “Letter: Employers using loopholes in ACA”
When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, “Surely the federal government wouldn’t have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the requirement.” But that turned out to be false.
In fact, major names in the service/hospitality industry (e.g., Denny’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse) are already in the process of going to a part-time employee schedule for all employees. Thus, as a very possible consequence of the short-sightedness of the Affordable Care Act legislators, more people will be working two jobs to make ends meet.
Update: thanks, Instapundit!
Update II: linked at Hogewash.