August Negotiations Update

August Negotiations Update

As described in the July update, our bargaining team was facing a proposal to table the top PT faculty bargaining issues — job security.

Background:

PCC has a large group of PT faculty who have been offered classes year after year, and who provide a critical mass of service to our students. Yet, unlike every other “regular” employee at PCC, instructors classified as “part time” have no guarantee of continued employment — regardless of how well we are doing our jobs.

On the basis of widespread input from PT faculty, our bargaining team proposed the creation of multi-year contracts for the approximately 500 adjunct faculty at the 1.5 FTE level (the minimum to be eligible for health insurance) over the last three years. This seemed to the negotiation team a straight-forward way to “normalize” the crucial service these faculty provide.

This seemed like a modest proposal, from our point of view, but it initially led to a bargaining impasse. Then, in response to the July negotiations update on this blog, our PT negotiating team members heard from lots of faculty. (Thank you!) A letter was sent from our federation Executive Council to faculty department chairs laying out the reasons for this request and asking for support. (The letter was drafted by a FT faculty supporter of adjunct colleagues — it is great to know we can count on our colleagues to support us.)

Contracts for PT Faculty
Perhaps in response to this pressure, the administration surprised us all by announcing that they were ready to consider multi-year contracts for PT faculty in the last bargaining session in July. However, they offered some significant changes from the proposal we made. Here is a table of contrasts:

Federation Proposal Administration Counter-Proposal
1)
eligibility
• Instructors eligible for multi-year contracts would be existing Part-Time PCC faculty • No guarantee that multi-year contracts go to existing PT faculty — use of an interview/ hiring process similar to current hiring of temporary FT
2)
addition or replacement?
• Multi-year contracts provide a form of job security, in addition to assignment rights • Assignment rights are phased out as multi-year contracts are phased in.
3)
seniority
• Some consideration of seniority in determining who is eligible for the new contracts • No weight to seniority
4)
how many? when? for how many years?
  • Multi-year contracts phased in over several years
  • Ultimately available to approximately 500 FT faculty who have been assigned classes, year after year (1.5 FTE)
  • Makes current status quo “official”
  • Helps PT faculty better serve students by reducing job uncertainty
• 100 2-year multi-year contracts, starting Fall 2016 (we are not clear if the 100 is all they are offering, or if that is just a start.)

Although the negotiating team (and observers) are glad to be talking about the top priority for PT instructors, we think there is a huge difference between what our members are demanding and the administration is currently offering.

We need your help. Please go to this short survey to let us know what you think about the administration counter-proposal.

SURVEY LINK for current “Part-time” PCC instructors:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GTsY9a_GHFODqv1uXfMQP6Deg_VlgEl-YlW-GSN_-q8/viewform

SURVEY LINK for all others:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14G77IFxzxkKgvnq6X4NHyWrMatPCqA5bDeys9681ybg/viewform?usp=send_form 

If you have additional thoughts that don’t fit well in the survey format, you are welcome to contact our PT bargaining team members — Minoo (minoo.marashi@pccffap.org) and Corrinne (corrinne.crawford@pccfap.org)

Please let us what you think about the terms of this offer from the administration bargaining team?

PCCFFAP: Together we can make a difference.

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