Join AFT-Oregon at the Measure 101 Kickoff

aft OregonNow in both Portland (RSVP here) and Eugene (RSVP here)—join fellow members this Sunday at 12 PM to protect our healthcare from devastating cuts. The special election for Measure 101 is less than two months away! See David’s email below for more …


Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can visit a doctor or get medicine when you’re sick. Measure 101, up on the ballot this January, will protect healthcare for vulnerable Oregonians, including seniors, people with disabilities and 400,000 children.

That’s why AFT-Oregon has joined more than 100 other organizations in endorsing a YES vote on Measure 101.

We urgently need to get the word out about Measure 101, with a special election just two months away. Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd:

Yes on 101 Portland Kick-Off and Canvass
Sunday, December 3 from 12:00-4:00PM
Oregon AFL-CIO (3645 SE 32nd Ave, Portland).
RSVP Here and share the event on Facebook.

Yes on 101 Eugene Kick-Off and Canvass
Sunday, December 3 from 12:00-4:00PM
Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza (125 E 8th Ave, Eugene).
RSVP Here and share the event on Facebook.

Supporters of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Rain ponchos will be provided. There will be snacks and a rally from 12:00-1:00PM, and then we’ll hit the streets together to get the word out about Measure 101 and protecting healthcare for vulnerable Oregonians.

Oregon families are counting on us. Will I see you there?

In Solidarity,
David Rives, AFT-Oregon President

Bargaining Update: New Proposal and New Meeting Dates

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team on August 22nd and 24th at the CLIMB Center. The Federations made an alternative proposal and the admin team has agreed to cost it out. The JBT is now hopeful that a framework for the contract can be agreed upon soon, even though we are still significantly apart in dollars.

The admin team also made some more funds available for the contract because of proposed FSLA regulations not being implemented at the Federal level.

Finally, new meeting dates were set:

  • Monday, September 11 9am-2pm
  • Wednesday, September 13 9am-pm

Interested observers are encouraged to sign up to attend the next meetings at the CLIMB Center. Observers get to provide immediate feedback to the JBT during caucuses and after the meeting. Your attendance is not only valuable as a show of solidarity, but it also helps to spread the word to your colleagues about the negotiations.

Here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session right now! (The deadline to sign up for the  September 11 meeting is Wednesday, September 6)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meetings
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting FFAP VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

Bargaining Update: Late Cancellation Last Week

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) was scheduled to meet with the administration team on Friday, Aug 11th at the CLIMB Center. At 5:38pm on the 10th, we received an email from admin. They apologized for the late notice and said they had to cancel the meeting because simply put, they weren’t ready. They said they had been working on various costing options and needed more time to put together a proposal.

The JBT had to spring into action to notify all participants and observers that the meeting had been cancelled. Unfortunately, not everyone received the notifications and some observers showed up to the CLIMB Center Friday morning.

While this late cancellation caused us some undue inconvenience, we are hopeful that this is a positive sign. Admin has yet to present an official proposal, so it would be a constructive step to receive one at the next meeting, scheduled for 9am on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd.

That’s the day after the eclipse and traffic is expected to be fierce. Interested observers should plan on arriving much earlier than the normal 8:45 meeting time in case of traffic delays. The Federations will provide some breakfast munchies for the early arrivers.

Interested observers are encouraged to sign up and attend the next meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd and Thursday, Aug. 24th at 9am at the CLIMB Center. Observers get to provide immediate feedback to the JBT during caucuses and after the meeting. Your attendance is not only valuable as a show of solidarity, but also helps spread the word to your colleagues about negotiations.

Many of you have expressed frustration about the slow progress in bargaining this summer. While we are working hard and hoping for the best, we are also starting to plan for the possibility that the academic year will begin without a settlement. If this happens, we’ll be asking you to get more involved to help us move forward. We continue to believe that there are resources in the budget for a fair and reasonable contract.

Here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session right now! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 22nd meeting is Thursday, Aug. 17)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meetings
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting FFAP VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

Bargaining Update: Productive Discussion

Will Mahoney-Watson, FFAP Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team on Friday, Aug 4th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to 12pm. There were no new items on the agenda.

No official proposals were offered, but there was constructive dialogue on how to achieve some of the federations’ top priorities while still meeting the college’s budget constraints. This discussion will help create concrete proposals shortly.

An additional meeting date of Thursday, August 24th from 9am to noon has been added to the schedule.

We are encouraging interested observers to attend the next meeting on Friday, August 11th at noon at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 11th meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 8)

  2. Please Button up!

  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meeting

  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.

  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson

Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

Bargaining Resumes

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 27th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to 3pm. There were several new items on the agenda.

After some initial discussion, FFAP President Frank Goulard presented a revised proposal which would lower some costs by phasing in implementation over the next two years. The Admin team reviewed the proposal and although their cost estimates were higher, they agreed that this was a good start.

However, the estimated costs are still much higher than the $2.6M that Admin has budgeted. The JBT questioned several aspects of the budget, including higher costs for new management positions and for many contingency funds. The Admin team did not address these concerns, stating simply that the budget is designed to follow fair labor practices. Admin did express concerns about the continuing declines in enrollment and its impact on the budget. The JBT pointed out that the growth of management positions during a period of declining enrollment was running counter to national trends.

The JBT emphasized the need for compromise on both sides of the table. Frank offered another suggestion that modified the proposed costs yet still preserved Federation priorities for its members. Admin appreciated the additional dialogue and responded that they needed to speak with their folks, after which the meeting adjourned.

The JBT is hopeful that Admin will be able to increase its meager budget allotment of $2.6M. Due to a 2015 Oregon Supreme Court order reversing a 2013 Legislative PERS reduction, all employees in the bargaining unit will be receiving a 1% reduction as part of the 2017-2019 budget’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The JBT feels that Admin should be able to reallocate its priorities to assist our employees, who are already feeling the pinch of Portland’s tight housing market and other costs of living.

There was another outstanding turnout of member support, as over 20 observers showed up to watch the negotiating sessions and to engage in lively debates during the caucuses. They also enjoyed breakfast snacks and a delicious lunch. The JBT greatly values the feedback from our diverse array of members who observed!

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Friday, August 4th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 4th meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 1)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meeting
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson

Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

 

 

 

 

Bargaining Stalls

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Tuesday, July 18th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to noon. There were no new items on the agenda.

The Admin team asked us to prioritize our requests. Joint Federations Bargaining Team member Shirlee Geiger read this Team Statement of Priorities. After a brief caucus, the Admin team said they needed “realistic proposals” and ended the session, even after our team offered to talk about that we might be able to offer in return.

The meeting ended at that point at 9:50am, without having accomplished anything else. The Federations felt that the meeting could have continued with exchanges of proposals and productive discussions, especially since there were 20 observers who made time to attend the meeting.

The bargaining team and the 20 observers, who had made special arrangements to attend the bargaining session, were extremely disappointed that the management team walked out of the session without entertaining any proposals – or even discussing the possibility of entertaining proposals. Michael Morrow, a veteran of over 100 bargaining sessions, remarked that he had never attended a more abrupt bargaining session. Our team is ready to bargain. When will the admin team be ready?

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Thursday, July 27th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 27th meeting is Monday. July 24th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend the PCC Board Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday evening, July 27th at Newberg Center.
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your bargaining team (Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

 

 

Bargaining Continues: Budget Updates and August Meeting Dates

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 6th at the CLIMB Center. There were no new items on the agenda. New meeting dates were agreed upon for August 4th, 9am-noon, Aug. 11th, 12-3pm and Aug 22nd, 9am-noon.

The administration team presented revised cost estimates of the Federation proposals. Although we can quibble about the numbers, this fact remains: Admin and the Federations are far apart at this point. Admin claims that the Federations’ proposed costs are far higher than their budget will allow.

The final budget figures from the state will soon be released, and then the real negotiations can begin. The PCC Board will also decide if it’s going to roll back the proposed 2018-19 tuition increase it had previously approved.

Admin is asking us to prioritize our requests and our priority is to maximize the impact of the available dollars, while still supporting as many of the proposals as we can. The team will be meeting prior to the next session to evaluate, maximize and prioritize the impact of the proposals prior to the next negotiation session.

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team has put four main proposals on the bargaining table:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) per year for all employee classes;
  2. New top step for all employee classes (and eliminate the bottom step);
  3. Increase the number of steps (from 9 to 17) for PT faculty and increase the equivalent pay rate to 80% of FT faculty.
  4. Various reductions to out-of-pocket health insurance costs.

There are also other minor (cost-wise) proposals which we anticipate will have a high dollar to impact ratio, including expanding and extending Classified early retirement.

The Federations commended the Admin team’s decision to allow a few observers to attend the meeting, even though the number of observers had not been properly submitted in advance due to the holiday weekend.

The Administration also needs to prioritize its budget spending. It needs to remember that students come to PCC for the people, not the facilities or the managers. The instructors, advisers, counselors, public-safety officers, custodians, food service staff and many other employees are the face of PCC to the students. We need support and incentives to do our jobs well to ensure student success.

Our next negotiation session is Tuesday, July 18th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to put some pressure on the Admin team!

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 18th meeting is Wed. July 12th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your bargaining team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)