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Health Benefits at Risk for Washington’s Higher-Ed Part-Timers

Part-time instructors at community and technical colleges and state universities would be among the workers hardest hit by the proposed change, she warned.

“If they did that, it would not be saving money in a legitimate way by going after waste, fraud or abuse. It would be saving money by taking something away from people who are working very hard for the state and for the citizens of Washington, for no good reason,” she said.

One benefit that has traditionally made up for low-pay for part-time instructors is that they qualify for health benefits once they work 50 percent of a full-time course load, Schroeder explained. If Senate Bill 5905 passes, she said the new definition of who qualifies for benefits could exclude many part-timers entirely. 

The legislation is available at http://apps.leg.wa.gov.

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