Bargaining continues: Admin team Presents Cost Estimates

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

Peter Seaman, AP rep on the bargaining team, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Tuesday, June 13th, at the CLIMB Center. There were two big developments at this meeting:

  1. The administration team presented cost estimates.

  2. Federation members turned out in force to support the bargaining team!

You may recall from the last bargaining update that your FFAP/FCE bargaining team had put three main proposals on the bargaining table:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for all employee classes;

  2. New top step for all employee classes and eliminate the bottom step;

  3. Increase the number of steps for PT faculty from 9 to 17, to match FT faculty.

At the June 13th bargaining session, the administration team presented their estimate of the cost of each of these proposals, along with cost estimates for a few other proposals we had put forward (health-care cap, PT health-care fund, and classified early retirement). The admin estimates seemed high, but after some questioning they offered to share all of their spreadsheets so we can examine the formulas and data.

The administration team also shared (actually re-shared) their picture of the 2017-19 budget. What they seem to be telling us is that there is no money to fund the proposals we have put forward, but we continue to believe that the money can be found. For example, the budget shows $1.5 million for the district president’s priorities (as yet undefined) and $2 million to maintain college buildings – *above* what has been spent in the past. We believe that your pay and benefits are at least as important as the priorities that are being put forth – especially in the booming Portland economy, where the cost of living continues to skyrocket.

The most wonderful thing about bargaining on June 13th – and that word “wonderful” doesn’t often appear in the same sentence as “bargaining” – was seeing over 30 FFAP and FCE members who turned out and sat behind our team during bargaining! I know it made an impression on the admin team, who couldn’t help but noticing our strength and our resolve. I can’t tell you how much stronger I felt during bargaining, just knowing that so many colleagues were literally backing me up.

Let’s continue to turn out and put pressure on the administration for a fair settlement!

We need even more members to turn out for the next bargaining session, which will be on June 30th at 9am at CLIMB. Here are three things you can do:

  1. Please Button up!

  2. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session!

  3. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Peter Seaman, on behalf of your bargaining team (Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Davidson)

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

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

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

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)
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.

Bridge the Divides in 2017: Take a Colleague to Coffee!

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:

  1. Get a $10 voucher for PCC food service
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. Share a short summary with your federation leaders
  5. Repeat all year and build connections across PCC.

Thanks in advance for reaching out across the divide. We look forward to hearing from you!

The History of our Mixed Local

PCCFFAP is composed of three classes of employees — Academic Professionals, Full-Time (or job-secure) Instructors, and “Part-Time” (or job-insecure) Instructors.

How did people in all three job categories come to be in the same bargaining unit? An interesting story can be told…. To find out, go to: Best Practices for Assuring the Rights of Part-Time Faculty Within Unions.

AFT Local 2121 takes a strike vote

AFT Local 2121, where members are faculty and other employees of the City College of San Francisco, has set up a strike hardship fund and is in the process of voting on whether to strike for one day.

CCSF has a structure a lot like our union, PCCFFAP — representing both part-time and full-time instructors as well as those in professional job categories supporting student learning.

The agency responsible for accrediting CCSF dismissed the elected Board and appointed replacements. This new board has directed the negotiators to propose such provisions as faculty lay-offs, increased class size for the instructors who remain, and new pay guidelines based on “productivity” (the size of a class.) Union leaders point out that these proposals are not in the interests of students, as they will not lead to increased educational quality, and will likely reduce the supports needed for student success. Indeed, the accrediting agency responsible for setting in motion the process leading to these dire circumstances could itself be ousted based on a recent vote by the community college Board of Governors.

The accrediting agency responsible for the PCC’s status  (NWCCU) has issued us “recommendations” (on assessment of student learning, among other things), but so far the relationship has been more cordial than that between CCSF and ACCJC. Still, this is an interesting case study — a power struggle between a sister AFT-union, an activist accrediting agency, and a  beleaguered administration, all in the context of declining enrollments and increased costs of living for instructors and APs living in a “hip” and densely populated urban setting…..

A constellation of circumstances which sounds disconcertingly familiar.

We will keep you updated as this drama unfolds.