By Karl Schneider
Part-time workers on campus have seen a reduction in their weekly work hours. Lorain County Community College has limited part-time workers’ hours to 25 per workweek. This reflects business decisions nationwide, hours are being cut everywhere.
“The reduction in part-time hours is directly connected to the need to reduce operating expenses and tighten our belts due to ongoing funding challenges,” stated Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green. “For instance, we receive 22 percent less funding per student today than we did in 2000!”
Prior to the beginning of the spring semester, these reductions in hours have led many to speculate on the cause of the cuts.
The cap on the amount of hours is about working with a tight budget. The cap will help establish a good business practice for controlling the schools costs, according to Green.
“The 25 hours per week for part-time employees is an average, a target,” stated Green. “Reducing part-time hours is not related to any healthcare related issues,” states Green.
Though LCCC isn’t claiming cuts from healthcare, Youngstown State University has done just that. Julia M. Gergits, Ph.D. explained the hour cuts in an inter-office memo sent to the English department at YSU.
“At the chair’s meeting with the Provost held this Tuesday, Marilyn Ward, Assistant to the Provost, announced that non-union part-time employees were to be limited to working a maximum 29 hours a week. This policy is being implemented because of the federal healthcare laws coming online next year,” wrote Gergits in the memo, which was published in the Huffington Post.
Regardless of where the cuts are coming from here at LCCC, part-time workers will see the cuts. “The hours just won’t be there for our workers,” said Debbie Stallard, assistant manager at the Starbucks on campus. “You can’t run a business with workers who may be disgruntled because they aren’t getting the hours.”
Stallard goes on to explain why the proposed cuts will hinder the operations, “As a whole, it will affect business, food service won’t work well with only part-time staffers. The business structure will go down since you can’t run a business without full-time managers.”
There are worries that the quality of service students receive will decline as part-time workers get their hours cut. This could mean diminishing customer service and a lower standard practiced by employees. People unhappy with their jobs perform at a minimum and are liable to