Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits/Emergency Assistance

Dear Adjunct Faculty Members,

During the break between semesters, you are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits, even if you have an assignment in the fall.  To receive the maximum benefit, applications should be submitted immediately following the completion of your last class session or assignment for the semester.

Please visit the Guild’s website,, for important information regarding applying for unemployment benefits and/or partcipating in our Labor Participation assistance program.  Go to, click on “Adjunct Issues,” and then under the General Information section select “Unemployment Benefits,” “EDD Online Application Assistance,” or “Emergency Assistance.”

If you have received benefits within the past year, you will still have an open claim and will not need to start a new one.  If you need to, you can re-submit for a new claim online:  Once your claim has been approved or restarted, you can certify for your continuedbenefits online.  For more information on this, visit

Note if you are submitting a new claim that the EDD has completely changed their online application form.  Consequently, we have updated our “EDD Online Application Assistance” answer sheet to keep you up to date.  Please let me know if there are errors or omissions we need to correct on this document.

Also, please note that due to “sequestration” funding reductions, the phone hours of the EDD have been reduced to 8:00am-12:00noon, Monday-Friday.

Wishing you a restful summer break!

In Unity,

Jim Mahler, President
AFT Guild, Local 1931