I’m writing to invite you to join your fellow workers at the May Day demonstration on Monday, May 1st. The demonstration will take place in Shemanski Park (north end of the PSU Park blocks), with a rally at 2PM and a march to follow at 3PM.
PCCFFAP leaders and members will be under the marquee on the 8th Ave. side of the Schnitz–right across the street from Shemanski Park starting at 2:30 and will join the march when it starts at 3pm. We’ll have PCCFFAP banners, shirts, and more for you to wear.
Why do this? As you may know, May Day is also known as International Workers’ Day, and is the traditional workers holiday throughout the world. The day was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Affair, widely seen as the start of the Labor Movement in the United States–when over 200,000 workers in Chicago struck for the 8-hour work day. Many countries continue to celebrate their workers and labor movements on the first of May, but not the United States.
Please join us in celebrating labor history, and also to advocate for labor, environmental and racial justice in the United States and throughout the world. We aim not just to resist, but advocate for a better world. It starts with getting involved wherever possible.
Let us know if you can be part of the meet up–or just show up with friends, family, and/or co-workers. I hope to see you there.
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
Last Friday, your Federation bargaining team, along with PCC administration, kicked off the 2017-19 Contract reopener. I am writing to update you about what was discussed, but first, for those of you who signed up to attend a bargaining session on April 14 or April 21, please note that those dates have been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Here’s a google doc with newly agreed upon dates and times. Please, spread the word! Sign up to attend a session! Our presence at these meetings will ensure that the administration knows we are united in our pursuit of a fair and reasonable contract.
Last Friday’s opening bargaining session had only two items on the agenda: 1) Establishment of the ground rules, a document that both sides agree to prior to the substantive wage and benefits discussion, and 2) An update on the PCC Budget presented by Vice President of Finance Jim Langstraat. It was a good discussion and we expect to come to a resolution on the ground rules prior to the next bargaining meeting on May 3.
Mr. Langstraat and President Mitsui will be taking the budget presentation to all of the PCC campuses in the coming months, and we encourage everyone to attend a session. But keep in mind that the administration frames the budget in a particular way. Here are some facts to keep in mind:
Many of our members are struggling
The cost of living in Portland is increasing at an alarming rate – According to the Bureau of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), housing costs in Portland increased by 21% in the last year alone.
Nationwide, 25% of part-time faculty members at colleges and universities are on some form of public assistance. Anecdotal data from our members reflects this.
The revenue forecast for PCC is positive
The State of Oregon is expected to fund community colleges at the same or slightly higher levels as the prior biennium (We will know for sure in June).
The PCC Board of Directors voted to raise tuition in each of the next two years, resulting in an additional $16 million in revenue for PCC.
A PCC Bond Measure is planned for 2017. If passed, this would fund deferred maintenance and building upgrades across the district.
The administration has priorities that do not reflect our members’ struggles
The administration wants to add $2 million to the college’s reserve fund (basically a “rainy day fund”), which currently stands at $20 million.
The administration wants to increase the amount of funding for administrator salary and benefits by 10% for the biennium (through a combination of salary increases for current administrators and new administrative positions).
Saving money is good; college administrators are important, but…
An across the board Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for everyone in our union is a high priority for our members. For context, a 1% COLA for all faculty, AP, and classified employees would cost the college $3.3 million over two years.
By some estimates, we would need an 8.1% COLA to keep up with the cost of living in Portland!
Part time faculty teach 72% of classes at PCC, but they have only nine steps in their pay scale compared to 17 for full time faculty, APs, and classified, so it takes much longer for them to advance. They deserve an equitable advancement path that is consistent with their full time and AP colleagues.
If you agree with the Federation’s priorities and you want to support the efforts of the bargaining team, please click here! I hope to see you at a Contract Action Team (CAT) meeting or bargaining session in the near future.
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
I’m pleased to announce that the federation will be participating in AFT-Oregon’s second annual Member Organizer Development Program (MOD-P), a training and development opportunity for PCCFFAP members (that’s you!) who are ready to take their organizing skills to the next level and build our union for the future.
MOD-P is a 6-week program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. Members who participate are supported through a work stipend that reimburses them for lost wages, and help securing release time from our employer.
We are looking for members who are interested in using this development opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with our federation. Does that sound like you? Read on …
Program highlights include:
Attend a three-day organizing training with other MOD-P participants from other Oregon educational institutions
Get real-world field experience under guidance from professional organizing staff
Regular team meetings with other MOD-P participants to compare and learn
Establish and build organizing practices for our federation
Admittance into the program is competitive and will be based on an application and interview.
Thinking of applying? Want to talk more about it? Send me an email now and I can help you apply before April 17.
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
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
Have you ever considered joining the leadership ranks of your union? The PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP) is seeking nominations for Executive Council positions. You may nominate yourself or a colleague.
Executive Council members are elected to two-year terms. They meet once per month in addition to leading/serving on various Federation committees that advance our organization’s goals of advocating for fair compensation and good working conditions at PCC. As a member of the Executive Council, you will have a seat at the table when matters of pressing importance for you and your colleagues are being discussed – everything from deciding whether to back candidates for PCC Board of Directors to prioritizing issues at the bargaining table. In short, it’s an amazing opportunity to make a real difference at PCC.
Below you will find a timeline for the 2017 election, as well as list of the positions up for election this year. Candidates will be asked to provide a 125-word statement, which will be sent to all members prior to the ballots.
And if you have questions or would like to chat with an Executive Council member about what it’s like to serve, reach out! Reply to this email and we will connect you with a union leader who can tell you more.
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
FEDERATION OF FACULTY AND AP ELECTIONS 2017 TIMELINE
April 3 Nominations Open
April 18 Nominations Close
April 20 Mailing or Email to announce those running for Office
May 11 Ballots Mailed
May 29 Ballot deadline
May 31 Ballot Count
June 2 Announce Winners at Executive Council Meeting
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OFFICES OPEN 2017
Vice President of Political and Legislative Action: Chairs the Political and Legislative Action Committee; coordinates the political and fundraising activities of the Federation; prepares campaign reports; works closely with the President and the Executive Council to develop and implement political education strategies, represents the Federation on the AFT-Oregon Political and Legislative ActionCOPE Committee and to the Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC).
Secretary: Keeps records of the General Membership and Executive Council Meetings; conducts correspondence; maintains records; sends meeting minutes to Executive Council members; provides copies of the meeting minutes of previous Executive Council and General Membership Meetings; acts as the custodian of the seal and charter of the Federation.
Vice President of Communications: Gathers and edits information for publication; chairs the Communications Committee, works closely with the President and other stakeholders to develop member communications and coordinate the local’s communications strategy.
Vice Presidents for Membership: FT faculty, PT faculty, and APs (3 positions): Chairs the Election Committee, conducts elections and ratifications, chairs the Membership Committee and conducts Membership Drives, maintains a current list of committees and Federation Representatives.
Campus Representatives for FT faculty, PT faculty and APs at Rock Creek, Southeast, and Cascade (9 positions): Represents each Campus or building(s) from which they are elected; communicates and meets with members, acts as a grievance representative when requested; supports the Federation representatives in their areas.
PCCFFAP is excited to announce a new Federation initiative: Take a Colleague to Coffee.
PCC is a huge institution with many divides–between campuses, types of work, and areas of specialization (among others). One of the most important things we can do as a union is bridge those divides. PCCFFAP represents all faculty (PT and FT) and all of our academic professionals.
The more we know about one another, the stronger we are as a college–and as a union. To bring us closer together, PCCFFAP is inviting you to take a colleague out to coffee, tea, or other refreshment. Use a $10 voucher, provided by PCCFFAP (more below) at any campus food service location, learn a little about a colleague–and share with us a little bit about what you learned.
We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity, described in detail below. And if you want to go out to coffee with one of our union leaders, please write to one of our Executive Council members. We’d love to have coffee with you.
Here’s a simple way to reach out across the divides:
- Get a $10 voucher for PCC food service
- Just email our Federation Organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invite a colleague out to coffee. For example:
- Sylvanians take out a SouthEaster
- Part-Timers invite an Academic Professional
- Department Chairs invite a colleague from Workforce Development
- Ask these three questions of your co-worker:
- Tell me about your job; what does a typical week look like for you?
- What’s the best part of your job?
- What would you change about PCC if you could?
- Share a short summary with your federation leaders
- Repeat all year and build connections across PCC.
Thanks in advance for reaching out across the divide. We look forward to hearing from you!