PCC Admin Proposes Pay Reductions, COLA Freeze

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing with an update from the recent wage and benefits contract-reopener meeting. Last Friday, PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP), along with our counterparts in the Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE) presented three proposals, including:

  • A 4% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all employee classes (FT Faculty, PT Faculty, AP and Classified) in each of the next two years (2017-18 and 2018-19) This would help members who are struggling with the skyrocketing cost of housing in our district, among other things.

  • Add a new top step for all employee classes, and delete the bottom step. Approximately 25% of our members are at the top step and are no longer eligible for annual step increases. A new top step would reward these members for their many years of service.

  • Increase the number of steps for PT Faculty from nine to 17. This would increase parity for PT faculty who perform the same instructional work but are paid far less than their FT faculty counterparts. Our proposal would increase the number of hours between steps (from 400 to 500) but it would also make it possible for PT faculty who have accumulated at least 8000 contact hours at the proposed top step 17, to earn $1,500 per lecture hour. The current pay scale tops out at $970 per lecture hour..

Administration came back with a proposal of their own:

  • No COLA for any employee class; instead a 1% salary reduction.

  • The normal annual step increases for those on steps.

  • Individuals at the top step, who do not move a step anymore, would therefore receive a 1% pay reduction.

Obviously, the two sides are far apart! This is why it’s more important than ever for YOU – our members – to get active! Button up! Attend an open bargaining session! Spread the word to your colleagues! We need you to show solidarity with the bargaining team who is on the front line fighting against these unreasonable salary reductions.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the members who came to observe the bargaining session last Friday. We appreciated your thoughtful input and your presence sends a strong message to administration that we demand nothing less than a fair and reasonable contract.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
frank.goulard@pccffap.org

June 6 Rally in Salem for Fair Corporate Taxes

The following information was created by AFT-Oregon.

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Here’s the good news. We’re closer than ever before to a revenue solution that will end decades of disinvestment in Oregon’s schools and critical services, with the recent release of the Oregon Education Investment Initiative from legislative leaders.

A plan like this—which asks corporations to pay their fair share—was desperately needed. If we don’t pass something like it soon, the results will be devastating: 3,000 educators could lose their jobs and 350,000 Oregonians would be kicked off their health insurance.

But the plan isn’t law yet, and these massive cuts are still looming.

Join AFT-Oregon, SEIU Local 503, and allies  in Salem on Tuesday, June 6 to tell our elected officials “Oregon Can’t Wait” for big business to decide it’s time to pay their fair share.

Now is the time to tell our elected leaders we won’t accept deeper cuts while Oregon has one of the lowest corporate taxes in the nation. We need them to ask corporations to pay more, and we can’t wait.

To make that clear, AFT-Oregon will be joining SEIU Local 503 and the A Better Oregon coalition for our largest event at the capitol ever.

Oregon Can't Wait RallyOregon Can’t Wait Rally
Tuesday, June 6Noon
Capitol Steps, Salem
Register online

Bus service will be available (leaving at 10 AM) from Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, and lunch will be provided.

Join us as we storm the steps of the capitol to make sure legislators know that Oregon Can’t Wait for more revenue. We expect this to be one of the largest crowds the capitol has ever seen, with over 1,000 rallying.

This fight has never been more important. Will I see you there?

In Solidarity,
David Rives, AFT-Oregon President

PCC’s Recent Budget Update

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

As PCC faces challenges to balance its 2017-19 budget, you should know that your Federation bargaining team is fighting on your behalf to preserve – and improve – your existing workplace pay, benefits, and conditions. It’s worth noting that without a strong union, PCC administrators could impose budget restrictions however they chose.

As I said in my last message, we believe there are budgetary funds for a fair and reasonable settlement on pay and benefits. Please keep this position in mind if you choose to attend a budget forum.

The more active members we have, the stronger our position. So if you haven’t signed your membership card, please activate it now. And sign up to attend an open bargaining session so that you can have a front row seat to negotiations. The next bargaining session is this Friday, May 26 from 9am-noon at CLIMB. The tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
  • Health Insurance
  • Top Step
  • PT Faculty Pay Equity

You can sign up here to attend. I hope to see some of you there.

Together we are stronger!

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
frank.goulard@pccffap.org

Need Help Managing your Student Debt?

Fellow Oregon AFT Local 3571, Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) would like to extend an invitation to FFAP & FCE members who wish to join them for a Student Debt ClinicThursday May 1812-2pm, Art Building Room 240, 2000 SW 5th Ave.

While registration is capped at 50 participants, there are still spots available, enabling PSUFA to extend the invitation to fellow AFT members. Pre-register to attend PSUFA’s Student Debt Clinic (SDC) HERE.

The Student Debt Clinic (SDC) will provide attendees with a thorough overview of ways to lower monthly student loan payments through income-driven repayment plans, as well as how to qualify for total federal student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. These programs are relevant for Parent PLUS loan holders as well.

While these programs are only applicable to federal student loans, limited information will be available to assist people with private student loans. If you are unsure whether your loan is a federal loan, visit http://nslds.ed.gov/. You will have to log in, and this website will list all of your federal student loans.

If you have any questions, please contact our Staff Organizer, Mary Sykora at mary.sykora@pccffap.org.

Thank you, and we hope that you will be able to attend!

In solidarity,

Mary

Bargaining Update

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

Last Friday, your federation bargaining team met with administration for the second negotiating session of the contract reopener. We put forward several proposals, including:

  • Increasing stipends for PT faculty non-instructional work

  • Changes to the compensation formula for Faculty Department Chairs in counseling and CTE

  • Increasing the health insurance trust for PT faculty

It is early in the process, so no agreements have been reached on these issues, although we did agree to ground rules that safeguard the free speech rights of our members. Larger topics such as COLA will be discussed at future meetings. As a reminder, you can click here to sign up to observe a bargaining session! The next sessions are planned for:

  • May 26   9am-12pm

  • June 13 1pm-4pm

  • June 30 9am-3pm

  • July 6 9am-12pm

  • July 18 9am-12pm

  • July 27 9am-3pm

As always, please reach out with any questions.

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
frank.goulard@pccffap.org

Show your Support during Bargaining!

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

I am writing with a reminder that this Friday, at 9am, the Federation invites members to attend an open bargaining session at CLIMB. Our agenda includes issues pertinent to both FT and PT faculty, although APs are always welcome to observe as well. Please click here to sign up.

If you are not able to make it to the bargaining session, you can still show your support by buttoning up! Displaying supportive messages on your clothing, bag, or in your workspace will let the administration know that we will not settle for anything less than a fair and reasonable contract.

If you don’t have your buttons yet, stop by the Federation office or reply to this email.

Lastly, the PCCFFAP website has undergone a renovation, and we’ll be posting bargaining updates here as well as member testimonials. I encourage you to read PCC Reference Librarian and PCCFFAP Executive Council member Sara Robertson’s moving account about how union benefits protected her during a health crisis. It’s a good reminder to be grateful for the rights we have won, and to remain vigilant in the face of threats to our livelihoods.

Thank you for all you do. I hope to see you at a bargaining session.

Sincerely,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
frank.goulard@pccffap.org

Union Benefits Offer Security during Health Scare

A message from PCC union member, Sara Robertson

Sara Robertson and Sons
Sara Robertson and Sons

As we head into contract negotiations, I’d like to take a moment and share what being part of a union has meant to me.

I certainly didn’t predict I’d get sick, especially at 30 and having just had my second child with a basically optimal health record up until that point. I’ve since spent a decade navigating aspects of the healthcare system, and, depending on what organ or part of me is under scrutiny, there’s a different doctor and protocol, followed by a new vocabulary to learn. Many of us can relate to all the effort it takes to be a patient, which is layered onto the other important roles in life — primary for me have been: mother, educator, household provider, daughter, sister, and by circumstance have had to add medical advocate, disease translator, literature searcher, and so on.

Now for my introduction to the value of union membership. My first academic gig was in Idaho, a full time tenure track position, where I naively found myself in a “right to work” state. As a grad student I had full healthcare coverage as part of an assistantship, and therefore secure benefits as a union member. I admit that I was pretty oblivious to the fact that the security provided me and my family came from a shared contract, including full coverage for having my child in the university hospital and receiving care from my OBGYN literally on campus. I mean, I knew I was part of a union, but I didn’t really give it more thought than — wow, this is a solid job! The stark realization that I hadn’t considered union membership wasn’t until after arriving in Idaho, and noticing the low but constant murmur of various complaints from colleagues about healthcare, wages and workplace issues, with no collective means of advocating for different or better — for example, I was shocked to learn my preferred birth control wasn’t covered — which seriously made me question where had I landed.

So, fast forward a few years into my tenure at PCC, after navigating several rounds of the same health issue, but mostly over the summer without much work interference, but lots of life interruption. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator that had been malfunctioning repeatedly, and unexpectedly, and when the darn device broke for a third time in May of 2015, it shocked me unnecessarily, I was facing yet another surgery, and much more scared about what the future would look like. While I was in the middle of navigating it all — ensuring care for my children, recovering physically, managing job duties, fumbling through a wonky health care system as a sick person — I had a very sincere moment when I was brought to tears, filled with gratitude for my union. I knew that I would most likely be having some questions about job coverage, medical leave, and so on, and in that moment I realized I had a group of people to turn to that would help me get straight answers. I felt so cared for by the people who had worked diligently on my behalf to ensure I was going to be okay because of a strong and clear contract that would give me the time needed to heal. I knew I had job security, despite being sick. I knew I had health coverage, despite a long term condition. I knew as the sole provider for my family that I could allow myself to be a patient for a spell, get better, and return to work, and not carry a huge burden of worry with me into the hospital.

As I’ve learned more since, it’s clear to me that not all of us have access to the same benefits at the same rates, and I see our union working towards increased equity for all of members — academic professionals, part-time faculty and full-time faculty, in tandem. The more I talk to colleagues across those classifications, the better I understand how students at PCC are provided excellent education and mentorship, and I hope you can take us up on a few opportunities to share your voice:

  1. Take a colleague to coffee on us — get to know a colleague’s work, or renew a connection across departments — all it takes is talking to others.
  2. Attend an open bargaining session and share your thoughts/concerns with your federation representatives.

Support your Federation Bargaining Team by “Buttoning Up!”

ffap fce buttonsSupport your Federation bargaining team by “Buttoning Up!” on bargaining days! Buttons can be picked up at the Federation office, SY ST 01, or at any one of the upcoming Membership Meetings being held across PCC in the coming weeks. We can also send you a button via Campus Mail.
Wear your button to show solidarity and support for a fair contract on the following days:
  • Fri, 12. May, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
  • Fri, 26. May, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
  • Tues, 13. June, 1-4p (CLIMB)
  • Fri, 30. June, 9a-3p (CLIMB)
  • Thurs, 06. July, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
  • Tues, 18. July, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
  • Thurs, 27. July, 9a-3p (CLIMB)
  • Fri, 04. Aug, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
  • Fri, 11. Aug, 12-5p (CLIMB)  CANCELLED!!
  • Tues, 22. Aug, 9a-3p (CLIMB)
  • Thurs, 24. Aug, 9a-12p (CLIMB)
In addition to “Buttoning Up!”, you can also show your support by attending any one of the above-named bargaining sessions. Please just let us know ahead of time by RSVP’ing here that you will be attending.