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          You may be out of work this semester due to low enrollment or lack of program classes. Before you apply for unemployment make sure you know your rights. Even though you may have a class in the fall, you DO NOT HAVE REASONABLE ASSURANCE of employment. Your class may be cancelled due to low enrollment, program changes or you could be “bumped” for a more senior faculty member. Be sure when you apply that EDD (Employment Development Department) knows that you do not have reasonable assurance of employment.

       The decision determined by the lawsuit Cervisi vs. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, noted that no part-time faculty member has reasonable assurance of employment for the next term or semester.  If you are not sure if you have filled out the unemployment forms correctly or you just need a little help, contact us or a staff member at CFT.org. Listed below are a few resources to get you started.

Are you taking full advantage of your union membership to keep money in your wallet? As a member of the Citrus College Adjunct Faculty Federation (CCAFF) you also hold membership in California Teachers Federation (CFT) and the American Teachers Federation (AFT). These memberships allow you to take part in the Union Plus Membership Perks Plan, otherwise known as Abenity.

Abenity has multiple connections to things that we use daily: phone discounts, groceries, auto buying, appliance purchases, as well as many other areas which might interest you. All these come with discounts greater than those that might be offered through either AAA or AARP.

Take a few minutes to log into aft.org/benefits to start your journey. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised to see all the possibilities you have for stretching your dollars. Once you get to the Abenity area, register to take advantage of what they have to offer and take a minute or two to see their welcome video.

Many of the savings come from places where we would normally do business: Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, just to name a few. There is even a section where you can find ways to “Save $25,” and you are also able to find printable grocery coupons which you can download and take to the store with you as you pick up your weekly groceries.

Be proactive and make your union membership work for you. Log in today – I’ll bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Bill Zeman, President

Jim Hague, Vice President

Mark Wessel, Secretary

Laura Wills, Treasurer

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