The Portable March 2004 The Newsletter of Austin Community College's Adjunct Faculty Association AFA executive council meeting: March 12 4-6 pm AFA Social at Cypress Becky Villarreal friction between full and fication--lecturers. The HBC 221 part time faculty. At the college attorney is explor- Adjunct representatives meeting, adjuncts even ing this option right now. Vicke Hammond and AFA web page: discussed the value of a As lecturers, adjuncts Becky Villarreal held a retreat in order to bring would have full time status campus AFA meeting at www2.austincc. the two groups together. (at a fixed salary) and Cypress on Thursday, edu/afa receive state-paid March 4 from 11 a.m. till 1 Charles Zucker from the benefits. This would be a p.m. Attendees were Texas Faculty Association good thing for all adjuncts treated to a light snack came at 11:30 a.m. to talk be-cause some long- and discussed the health about the adjunct benefits serving adjuncts would benefits situation. law under SB 1370. Gerry become lecturers and Tucker has made it clear Important topics included other adjuncts would that the MSTA Exceptions the MSTA Exception and eventually receive health that were promised insur- the Excellent, Excellent benefits under SB 1370-- ance last fall will be the requirement for HPTH and it's a win, win situation for first to be considered. Contents: MSTAs. Now that being us all. Zucker and Villarreal an MSTA could effect 1 AFA Social at Cypress suggest that once MSTA Finally, the AFA still hasn't insurance coverage in the AFA News Exceptions get coverage, heard back from ERS future, adjuncts are even it will open up possibilities regarding the implement- 2 Letter from Gerry more concerned that Very for other adjuncts in the ation of SB 1370. Once Tucker Good is not good enough. future. that is established, the Overall, adjuncts feel that Board will need to make a Zucker also talked about too much weight is being decision regarding fund- Enjoy Spring Break! the possibility of develop- put on the Student Eval- ing. ing a new adjunct classi- uations and this is causing April issue: AFA News AFA election! Minutes of the AFAEC, Feb. 13, 2004 HBC 221, 4pm-5pm General Assembly 1. Bill Carter (AVP for IT) spoke with us about a) a pilot program to help handle spam (in which a number of us have volunteered to participate) b) the fact that at some point in the upcoming months ACC will stop accepting incoming emails to the “austin.cc.tx.us” address because it seems to be the gateway for a disproportionate amount of the spam we receive 2. Gerry Tucker spoke with us for about one minute just before we had to leave due to early closing of ACC. No self-paid insurance will be offered to adjuncts this spring because the offers received did not sufficiently conform to the RFP and thus we can not legally accept Continued on page 2 The Portable Page 2 of 2 AFA News continued from page 1 them. It is the intention of ACC to do another RFP to solicit offers specifically of indemnity plans (which can function both as a supplement for employees with ERS insurance and as a self-paid insurance plan for adjuncts).The RFP will likely go out this spring with the intention of a January enrollment period. 3. We had a preliminary discussion of the agenda for General Assembly. We agreed that having candidates for the ACC Board would be valuable but we need some additional focus. Please forward ideas to Caleb Buckley. Looking for Former Students to celebrate ACC Austin Community College is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its first commencement exercises on May 6, 2004. Noting the significance of the occasion and to honor the achievements of some of our earliest students, faculty, and founding supporters, ACC is planning a special program addition to the traditional graduation ceremony. One of the possibilities we're exploring is that of producing a video montage of reflections of some students from the first graduating class of 1974, and perhaps some other graduates whose time at ACC significantly touched their lives and paved the way to future successes. Have you taught or worked with, or do you know of an ACC graduate who achieved significant success over the years (in any of the various ways in which one can be successful) after being a student at ACC, and who would be willing and able to express how ACC made a difference in her or his life as part of a message for this year's graduation class? Please contact Linda Kluck, Director of Admissions and Records (email@example.com) with the details, including the individual's name and contact information so that we can further explore the possibilities. Thanks, Don Becker President, Adjunct Faculty Association Letter from Gerry Tucker, Associate Vice President, Human Resources Date: February 26, 2004 Re: Health Insurance for Adjuncts I appreciate the opportunity to attend your last meeting and regret that we had to leave early due to HBC closing. I wanted to reiterate that we will continue to work with AFA regarding health benefits for adjuncts. As we discussed, last year we issued three RFP’s for health insurance for adjuncts and did not get one response. This year we issued an RFP for health insurance and supplemental plans and got one response for an indemnity plan. Since it did not include a health insurance plan, the vendor’s plan was not accepted. We have now issued a request for an indemnity and supplemental plan and quotes from the 46 vendors. We plan to offer an indemnity and supplemental plan for all employees in the fall. These plans usually offer hospital intensive care coverage, sickness and accident provisions and cancer protection. An indemnity plan is also a reimbursement plan and the coverage differs from a health insurance plan. The AFA has members serving on the committee that will review the plans submitted by the vendors and make a recommendation to the Executive Team. In addition, we are awaiting the regulations and guidelines from ERS regarding House Bill 1370 that permits health insurance for adjuncts with certain restrictions and at the college’s cost. Once we have obtained the guidelines, we will present the relevant information to the Board during this budget process for their consideration. This information will also be made available to the officers of AFA as soon as it is received from ERS. If you have any additional questions, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We want to work with you to ensure that these benefits are given adequate consideration in light of the needs of adjunct faculty. We look forward to working with you.
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