Have you ever wondered what happens when your Federation bargaining team sits down with PCC administration to negotiate pay and benefits? Now is your chance to find out! This year, bargaining sessions will be open to any member who wishes to attend. Click here for dates and times, and to sign up to be an observer. You’ll also find information about joining the Contract Action Team (CAT), a committee of union members who are interested in learning more about bargaining and supporting the bargaining team. We’ll post agendas for bargaining meetings on this form as they become available – typically one week in advance.
As I’ve shared before, this year is a contract reopener, which means that only wages and benefits will be negotiated. Working conditions, including the three-year contracts for PT faculty, will be on the agenda in 2019 when we have full contract negotiations.
The bargaining team has identified a set of priorities for bargaining. Thanks to everyone who took the survey, we have a good sense of our members’ priorities. The top three issues are:
- Cost of living allowance (COLA) for all members
- Salary equity for PT faculty
- New top step on the salary schedule
You have probably been hearing a lot of doom and gloom scenarios from the administration regarding the PCC budget. While it is true that enrollment is down compared to recent years, enrollment is only one of many factors. Other considerations include:
- State of Oregon revenue forecast (released in May)
- Amount of funding allocated to the state’s Community College Support Fund (finalized in June)
- The PCC Board of Directors approval of a $14 tuition increase over two years.
Assuming state funding remains stable, we are confident that your bargaining team will be able to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract that includes COLAs, pay equity for part-time Faculty, and other issues that are important to our members’ lives and livelihoods.
Stay tuned for more updates, and I hope to see some of you at negotiation sessions!
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President