Three-Year Contracts for Part-Time Faculty

President's MessageDear Colleagues,

As we approach the second round of Three-Year Contract (TYC) applications for part time faculty, I wanted to update you on some of the conversations that federation leaders have been having around the district with members who have been impacted by the process.

As you may know, the first TYCs were awarded last spring. The Federation held 8 meetings — 2 on each campus — to gather thoughts and responses on the process from members who either applied or decided not to apply. Representatives from human resources attended at least one meeting on each campus, to listen to what was presented.

The meetings were well attended, and many more emailed in their ideas for inclusion in the discussion. In fall 2016, federation leaders presented a summary document to PCC administrators in charge of the roll-out of the second set of contracts. You can view the entire document here. A summary follows.

Themes (in rough order of how often similar comments were made)

  1. Inconsistency in the application process across the district — especially for the same disciplines — feels very unfair and increases distrust.
  2. With or without a standardized application process, we heard people say they would like a common hiring rubric, to be shared in advance, to make the process transparent. Many instructors have learned that providing grading rubrics to students decreases anxiety and increases quality, and believe a hiring rubric would work the same way.
  3. The positions should be announced earlier, with a longer period to apply.
  4. Some departments are willing to hire from other campuses, and others are not; this makes uneven opportunities and could push good teachers out.
  5. Department chairs and deans should be sure to provide affirmations to valued teachers who DON’T get the 3-year contracts and take this as an opportunity to express appreciation.
In response, the administration has agreed to provide more time for the application process, addressing #3 on our list. They have NOT responded to other feedback or concerns raised by PT faculty during our meetings. We are disappointed by this lack of response, but unfortunately the federation’s power is limited. We can relay concerns, suggest changes, but ultimately only PCC administration can make the changes to the way TYCs are awarded.
 
That said, we can renegotiate the terms of the TYCs during the next round of contract negotiations in 2019 and so we intend to continue collecting feedback from members and using this feedback to push for better terms in the next contract. 
 
Please continue to share your experiences with TYCs (positive or negative!), ideas, etc. with your Federation leaders. We will continue relaying your concerns to administration and applying pressure on them to address 1, 2, 4, and 5. TYCs are one step in an ongoing struggle for fairness and equity for PCC’s PT faculty. We need your help to keep the pressure on administration to ensure that the initiative is successful.
Sincerely,
Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President

Improving on 3-year contracts

The first 3-year contracts were awarded last spring, and the Federation held 8 meetings — 2 on each campus — to gather thoughts and responses on the process from members who either applied or decided not to apply. Representatives from human resources attended at least one meeting on each campus, to listen to what was presented.

Thank you to all who attended, and the many more who emailed in their ideas for inclusion. The following document summarizes what we heard. It was presented in Fall 2016 to administrators in charge of the roll-out of the second set of contracts.

Three-Year Contract (TYC) / Multi-Year Contract (MYC) Feedback Sessions

May-June 2016

Themes (in rough order of how often similar comments were made)

  • Inconsistency in the application process across the district — especially for the same disciplines — feels very unfair and increases distrust.
  • With or without a standardized application process, we heard people say they would like a common hiring rubric, to be shared in advance, to make the process transparent. Many instructors have learned that providing grading rubrics to students decreases anxiety and increases quality, and believe a hiring rubric would work the same way.
  • The positions should be announced earlier, with a longer period to apply
  • Some departments are willing to hire from other campuses, and others are not; this makes uneven opportunities and could push good teachers out
  • Department chairs and deans should be sure to provide affirmations to valued teachers who DON’T get the 3-year contracts and take this as an opportunity to express appreciation

 

Additional comments:

  • There should be more clarity about the parameters of the contract for both faculty and administrators. Here is a quote: “One interview question was about what other things I would contribute to the dept. if I received a contract, and I was somewhat taken aback as I understand that the contract does not mandate that MYC faculty put in additional time on unpaid projects and meetings except for the addition of the two office hours.” Another instructor was told there were new mandatory meetings, which would be uncompensated, but the hours were covered by the new mandated office hours.
  • Instructors reported being told by deans and department chairs that aspects of the contracts were up to the union, and to ask union representatives — only to be told by union leaders that these same aspects were up to administration.

 

 

Responses to first question: How do you think the 3-year contracts will change your connection to PCC?

  • Now I feel like even more of an outsider to the institution
  • I have started to look elsewhere — dept chair told people that after the three-year contracts are awarded, there will likely not be enough classes left for anyone who didn’t get one.
  • Stressing about the application process compromised “my mojo in the classroom.”
  • I have mixed feelings about applying for job they are currently and have been doing — why aren’t the folder full of good evaluations from students AND dept chairs/deans worth anything?
  • These contracts create even more of a “caste system” just at a time when PCC should be fostering more collaboration among faculty
  • Connection to peers and work friends is now strained or has negative change — I hated competing against colleagues I know and value
  • I am a recipient of 3-Year Contract and I am generally pleased with the contract; no negative change in connection at this point.
  • “Tragic results” for a small department
  • Many questions if 3-year contracts can be rescinded (response: no, not until 2019 contract negotiated)
  • “I don’t know who to trust”, or what I can, cannot, or should not say.
  • I received a 3-year contract, and it is the first term working at PCC I won’t have stomach trouble as I check enrollment to see if my classes will fill.
  • This has not changed connection to PCC even though did not receive 3-year contracts, due to feeling that their dept. have good experienced 3-year contract recipients and they are all professional
  • What happened to “students first?”
  • Some instructors talked about or decided “let’s not apply at all” in an effort not to do harm to others in dept.
  • We wish it was clearer to membership what went on in negotiations — that the original proposal from the Executive Council had seniority as a qualifying condition for eligibility
  • I am job hunting now, since it is not clear I can finish career here (after 17 years)
  • My relationship with my chair is disintegrating, and relationships with peers are now rocky
  • It is hard to keep going with students when you don’t get respect or praise from supervisors
  • If I had a contract, I would speak more freely, be more vocal in complaints
  • I like my job, but I don’t like the conditions under which I teach.
  • How can we get administration to see the value of giving 3-year contracts to long time PT?
  • It feels different at different campuses and departments; I feel appreciated at SYL, but not at SE (although I like the students at SE a lot)
  • It is sad that there is a loss of connection among faculty (teaching since 1982), and a sharp drop in morale
  • Chairs are not advocating for teachers

 

 

Answers to second question: Is there something you think Administrators should know as they think about how to continue the implementation of these contracts?

  • Need transparency — if people don’t know what makes an applicant attractive, there is no way to prepare for the application process
  • If I was in charge, I would mandate that chairs or division deans schedule meetings with people who applied and didn’t get a 3-year contract, to talk about how PCC can better support them as professionals.
  • Why don’t we apply the same thing to teachers that we all KNOW works to keep students motivated? We know what works… and it isn’t rejection, with no explanation of how to improve.
  • No seniority? Only 1 year teaching at PCC?
  • Each campus, departments had different process, need to have equitable processes
  • Short turn around, details announced via email March 11th, due April 1st (during finals, grading, spring “break”?, prep and start of next term); could be why lots of good teachers didn’t even apply
  • The complicated process is supposed to be so “best teachers are in the classroom” — but without understanding the decision making process, it feels like a kind of favoritism.
  • Took too long to learn of decision
  • Would rather authentic class observations, rather than fake class demos
  • Dismayed that faculty from other campuses were hired
  • “Domino effect” as a result of those hired from other campuses; individuals not getting any classes at their campus now, some essentially “laid off”
  • Say what you want and “stick with the criteria”
  • ***Question in process regarding: “Are you?: Under 40, Over 40, Decline to Answer”*** Important note: Can that question be asked?  Department and campus known.
  • When there is new administration, dean, etc, how does that impact the process, decisions, etc?
  • Transparency: “How many people applied” per dept, campus?
    • Did they all meet the criteria? If so, then how are 3-year contracts decided?  Any consideration to seniority?

 

Process variations:

  • Based only on cover letter and resume/CV
  • Included student or course evaluations
  • No in-person interview, only phone interview + no teaching demo

 

Didn’t apply because:

  • Need the summer off for other work commitments
  • Close to retirement
  • Didn’t want to compete with others
  • Shouldn’t have to do apply for the job they already do

 

Assignment Rights:

  • Dept couldn’t find completed paperwork for assignment rights.

 

Benefits:

  • As 3-year contract recipient, happy to finally have consistent health-care to cover self and family (rather than pay open market health insurance at $5000/yr
    • Would like to have college authorize opportunities that come through the Affordable Care Act for public service and education, such as discount on student loans for self and dependents

 

Quotes:

  • “I should feel good about getting one (3-year contract), but I don’t. I now will likely work 14 hour days (a split shift).
  • 3-year contract recipient felt like “I had to do a dog and pony show” even though committee knows what this specific faculty member does and does it well.
  • “Fallout of this process is tremendous…has led to unintended outcomes.”
  • Sends the message that “some are more valued than others.”
  • “We need to feel hopeful”, but there are not enough 3-year contracts for everyone.
  • Felt like it was about “who can write the best cover letter.”
  • “I am totally committed to teaching. This is what I do.”
  • “Now I need to change hours to allow our new 3-year contract recipient to teach elsewhere at a different college as well.”
  • 3-year contract recipient who is also self-employed: “Administrator asked, ‘How will you handle your multiple jobs?’ Recipient of 3-year contract stated, ‘I’ve been doing it all this time.’”
  • “Is this really addressing the needs and concerns of PT faculty and membership?”
  • “I don’t want to take a class that someone else is good at (or has specialty) in.”

 

(We also asked a question about struggling with demoralization, but will not be sharing those responses with administration.)

The First 3-Year Contract process — how did it go?

107 “part-time” faculty received the first group of 3-Year Contracts (3YCs). A list  of recipients was sent out via MyPCC email by Federation president, Frank Goulard. These are renewable 3-year contracts, September 2016 – August 2019.
The average length of PCC teaching experience was 11.2 years.
There will be two additional groups of 100 three-year contracts awarded, to be offered in each of the next two springs.
Now that the first 3-year contracts have been awarded, we are interested in hearing  about your experience applying for them. Please come to the TLC to:
  • talk about the experience, and
  • discuss research on workplace demoralization.
Administrators will receive a summary document but will not be invited, so we can speak freely.

All meetings will take place in the TLCs.

SE: Tuesday May 312-3pm, and Wednesday June 12-3pm
SY: Tuesday May 31 11:30-12:30pm, and Thursday June 23:30-4:30pm
CA: Wednesday June 82-3pm, and Thursday June 94-5pm
RC: Wednesday June 811-12Noon, and Thursday June 910-11am

If you are unable to attend, but would like your comments to be included in the summary document, please email Shirlee Geiger at shirlee.geiger@pccffap.org

 

3 year contracts?

During finals week of Winter Quarter 2016, your federation held Q&A sessions at all four PCC campuses to talk about Multi-Year Contracts (MYCs). Below are the questions that came up repeatedly–and some answers. We have posted them here to support PT faculty in considering this new option for job security. But we are also available for more Qs & As. Please contact: PT grievance officer Shirlee Geiger (shirlee.geiger@pccffap.org) or PCCFFAP President Frank Goulard (frank.goulard@pccffap.org) with further questions.

 

Federation FAQs for MYCs

Q: I have assignment rights, but now I am told they are being suspended for the 2015-19 contract. Why did the Federation agree to suspend assignment rights?

A: Assignment Rights are still in effect across the district, with just a few caveats. Assignment rights can only be ended by a majority of our membership voting to ratify a contract that ends them.

Assignment rights date back to 1990, and have been the only kind of job security part-time faculty have had until this contract. They were a great innovation in 1990, but we are moving toward a time when even the minimal kind of guarantee they offer — to be assigned one class each term — will be undermined. Out of the approximately 1100 part-time faculty teaching in 2015-16, over 500 have earned assignment rights. In some departments most or nearly all part-time instructors have earned assignment rights. In a time of declining enrollment, not all assignment rights holders could get as many classes as they had previously, and honoring just the one class minimum was having the unintended effect of making everyone ineligible for health insurance coverage.

The 3-year MYCs guarantee employment at least at the same level as the minimum to become eligible for health insurance– 1.5 fte annually. (The same as 6 four-credit hour lecture classes in 12 months, fall through summer.) In those departments that get 3-year contracts, assignment rights will still guarantee an assignment of at least one class. But the “priority consideration” for assignments in addition will go to the 3-year contract holders. In departments where no 3-year contracts are created, assignment rights will remain in effect, unchanged.

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Q: Can I apply for assignment Rights now?

A: No new assignment rights will be granted during this pilot. And the agreement was that in the next contract (in 2019), we will decide on one or the other form of job security — a return to assignment rights OR maintaining (and perhaps expanding) 3-year contracts. But administration has made clear that only one system of job security for part-time faculty is acceptable to them.

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Q: I have really good relations with the other adjuncts who teach in my department. I don’t like the way we will have to compete against each other for the 3-year-contracts. Why jeopardize our good work relationships this way?

A: Good working relations among part-time colleagues is one of the things part-time instructors consistently report as a bright spot of their jobs. There are a couple of considerations that suggest the 3-year contracts disruption should be minimal. First, the 3-year contracts can’t go to anyone outside PCC — they can only go to instructors who have been here at least one year and have had an assessment.  They are most likely to go to the most experienced part-time faculty. Looking at the numbers, 684 instructors were offered health insurance in 2015-2106, and the average annual teaching load for those people was 2.24 fte. This means that a guarantee of 1.5 fte to 100 of those instructors should not take classes away from other instructors in those disciplines.

Additionally, the deans of instruction built in another kind of safeguard against wrenching relationships. They decided on the distribution of the first 100 3-year contracts across the district by looking at high-enrollment departments, with a high ratio of part-time to full-time faculty. But they also looked for where they could create a 3-year contract without displacing part-time faculty who do not get one of the new contracts in this round.

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Q: I understand that I can apply for 3-year-contracts at multiple campuses. But even though there are several jobs open in my discipline, each campus wants something different. Why can’t there be one uniform application process?

A: During negotiations, Deans of Instruction and Division Deans (who are ultimately responsible for hiring) argued that PCC is a really big district, with different needs in different places. In order to get support, they had to safeguard flexibility in the hiring process. A careful match between instructor skills and class needs is also a way of being able to guarantee employment into the future.

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Q: If someone gets a 3-year contract, and it guarantees employment for (at least) the 1.5 FTE level, what happens if one of the assigned classes doesn’t have adequate enrollment? Will the 3-year-contract instructor have to bump another PT instructor?

A: The current plan is to front-load the class assignments into Fall and Winter terms, so that if a class is cancelled there, it can be made up in Spring or Summer terms. Additionally, there is an agreement to count non-instructional work toward health insurance eligibility, as an additional safeguard. As an absolute last resort, if neither of these options work, the 1.5 minimum fte could be made by bumping another part-time instructor. But the understanding is that department chairs and deans will work to avoid this.

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Q: I have assignment rights at two campuses. If I accept an MYC at one campus, does that mean I have to give up teaching (and assignment rights) at the other campus?

A:  If someone takes a 3-year contract at one campus, they can still teach at another campus, as long as they stay under the maximum PT Faculty workload limit. If enrollment drops at the 3-year contract campus, the obligation is to first meet Full-time workloads, and then second to meet 3-year contract obligations. Next in line for assignments are Part-time instructors with Assignment Rights (to get one class). Last to be considered would be Part-time instructors without Assignment Rights.

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Q: You are granted a 3-year contract, and you teach for three years. Then what? Do you have to reapply? Is it like full-time temporary jobs and department chairs who want to share them around?

A: The contracts are designed to be renewed, absent performance issues. The only other reason a 3-year contract would not be renewed is a dramatic shift in enrollment. While these are not the same as tenure/continuous appointment positions, they offer a reason for instructors to stay at PCC, make connections, learn how to navigate the college’s many sub-systems, and continue to learn and grow as professionals. The ultimate beneficiaries of this new kind of administrative respect for and commitment to PCC educators will be our students.

How can we help PCC students achieve their dreams?

Today the American association of Colleges and Universities unveiled a new report compiling discoveries by the institutions who have succeeded with the Achieving the Dream initiative. Not surprisingly, they note that high performing institutions have faculty and staff who understand and are engaged with the component programs of the initiative.

 Tucked into the report as an obstacle to effectiveness is this gem:

The majority of faculty members are in part-time adjunct positions. This often means they have multiple jobs at different colleges and are faced with competing priorities, low pay and workplace support, and no guarantee that they will be hired at the same college the next semester. These conditions not only result in detachment from the college’s vision and priorities, they also prevent those who are eager to get involved from doing so.

Perhaps with the new contract’s $300,000 to pay for “part-time” faculty involvement with college initiatives, along with the new form of job security provided by multi-year contracts, instructors eager to become involved in collaboration around student success at PCC will have fewer blocks to doing so..

Project ACCEPT proposal passes in the Educational Advisory Council (EAC)

A hugely important step has just been taken by the EAC — an advisory committee made up of faculty, APs, and administrators from around the college. This is the main avenue for faculty members to participate in the governance process.

By a large margin, the members of the EAC voted on 12/9 to adopt the recommendations of the Task force on work place climate for “part-time” instructors. The vote at the EAC meeting was 27 in favor, 3 opposed, 2 abstentions. (Some members are administrators, and they were among the nay and abstain votes.)

The vote was put on hold at the insistence of the administration (and their lawyer) while we were in negotiations for a new contract. But the heroic chair — Sylvia Gray, long-time PT instructor in history before finally getting a FT slot — put the recommendations on the agenda of the EAC, month after month, symbolically letting the college administration know that the concerns were not going away. The report and recommendations are both of exceptionally high quality — well researched, clearly stated, and deeply thoughtful. The process took a long time, and many of the individuals who worked long and hard on the project are no longer with PCC.

The recommendations now go to Sylvia Kelley as interim District President. In a meeting at Cascade, she said she did not think that important initiatives at the college — like moving on the Completion Investment Council — would have to wait until there is a new District President. (1) We can hope that she will see these recommendations as among the important college initiatives.

If you haven’t looked the report, we recommend it as holiday reading. There are three “best practice” examples described there, and they are helping to guide the vision of our Federation bargaining team.

A basic principle of social justice is that as soon as enough people understand that the oppressive conditions that structure their lives are NOT inevitable — that a  better world is possible — the status quo becomes intolerable. Looking at how other, comparable institutions have created ways to overcome the faculty caste system — impeding both the joy in teaching AND fully effective student learning — makes it clear that we do not have to simply adapt to the workplace structures at PCC. We can do better!

(1) as heard by Shirlee Geiger in the CA TLC 12/7/2015

Contract is Ratified

President's MessageColleagues,

I am writing to share results of the vote on the PCC Faculty/AP 2015-2019 contract (collective bargaining agreement). They are as follows:

  • 390 (80.4%) yes (to ratify the contract)
  • 95 (19.6%) no (not to ratify the contract)

The next step is for the PCC board to vote to ratify the contract at their next meeting, which will take place Thursday, November 19. Upon the board’s ratification, the contract will go into effect covering the period from September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2019. The 2015-16 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be applied retroactively to September 1, and should appear in your December paycheck. The new college contribution to the monthly health insurance cap will be effective in December.

Thank you for the robust vote turnout! I appreciate all of the interest, questions, and involvement throughout the negotiations process. Let’s also keep in mind that planning for the next contract negotiations begins now! There will be a re-opener in 2017 to focus on economic issues, and we will negotiate a new contract in 2019. The federation is exploring the possibility of creating a Bargaining Committee which would be open to all federation members. Stay tuned for more news on that and other ways you can get involved and make your voice heard on issues that are important to PCC Faculty and APs.

In the meantime, we welcome your constructive feedback, both positive and critical, as we go forward under the new contract. Whether it is through our campus meetings, work group gatherings, or other involvement, please stay in touch, as we will with you.

Have a good rest of fall term and enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Thanks again for your support,

Frank Goulard
PCCFFAP President

Ballots are in the Mail!

from our negotiating team:

Ballots to vote on the Tentative Agreement were mailed on October 28 to your home addresses. Please read the following changes, consider, discuss, and ask questions of me (or the executive council) if you have any. Ballots must be returned with either a yes or no vote by November 12 to be counted.                                                              

A majority “yes” vote would result in the contract being sent to the PCC Board for their administrative vote to ratify at their November 19 meeting.

A majority “no” vote would send the teams back to the bargaining table. If progress is not made at the table, then mediation would be requested from the state Employment Relations Board. A mediator likely would be assigned and available in late winter term 2016.

Here is their summary of the Tentative Agreement reached between the administration and union bargaining teams:

PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals

Summary of Tentative Agreement: September 2015 – August 2019 Contract

Dear Federation Members:

Ballots to vote on the Tentative Agreement were mailed on October 28 to your home addresses. Please read the following changes, consider, discuss, and ask questions of me (or the executive council) if you have any. Ballots must be returned with either a yes or no vote by November 12 to be counted.                                                              

A majority “yes” vote would result in the contract being sent to the PCC Board for their administrative vote to ratify at their November 19 meeting.

A majority “no” vote would send the teams back to the bargaining table. If progress is not made at the table, then mediation would be requested from the state Employment Relations Board. A mediator likely would be assigned and available in late winter term 2016.

INFORMATION THAT RELATES TO ALL JOB CLASSES IN OUR UNION

Salary schedule (cost of living adjustment “COLA”) Increases

FT Faculty and AP

2015-16: 1.5% retroactive to September 2015

2016-17: 1.5%

Includes Appendix D (curriculum development, special projects, and Faculty Dept Chair hrs)

PT Faculty

2015-16: 2% retroactive to September 2015

2016-17: 2%

One time lump-sum stipend for employees at the top step:

FT Faculty and AP

●      3% total

●      split (1.5% yearly) between Fall 2015 and Fall 2016

PT Faculty

●      3% total

●      split (1.5% yearly) between Fall 2015 and Fall 2016

Steps

There are no alterations to steps in the new contract. Those on steps advanced on Oct.1 (FT Faculty and APs) and Oct. 9 (PT Faculty).

One-time funding for Professional Development ($300,000)

One-time Funding for Compensation of Part-Time Faculty for non-instructional work: ($300,000)

Funding for new FT Faculty positions ($300,000).  This funding will be ongoing.

Benefits

“Cap” is the monthly amount PCC contributes to an individual’s health insurance premium.

2015-16 Cap: Increases 4%; Self $702, Self+Spouse/DomesticPartner $1,286, Self+Child(ren) $1,196,

Family $1,516. The PT faculty cap is 65% of $702, or $456.30.

2016-17 Cap: Increases 4%

Health Insurance Trust Fund

Increases from $34,800/yr to $36,000/yr. (Article 16)

Parental Leave

Historically, PCC has not provided paid parental leave. With this new contract, the college will provide up to two weeks parental leave with pay to match up to two weeks employee sick leave with pay.

The remainder of the document is broken up by job classes: AP, All Faculty, PT Faculty, and FT Faculty. Contract language which has been deleted is in brackets and italicized. New language is bold.

  1. ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS

A number of changes will be made for Academic Professionals, which are summarized in this document. Items include the definition of APs, interview rights for APs on layoff status, and career/professional development.

  1. ALL FACULTY

Professional Duties (Article 5)

5.31     Be responsible for guiding assigned students in meeting their respective educational goals, exercising professional judgment based upon [adequate professional] the instructor’s knowledge of the subject matter, needs of the individual students, teaching [strategy] strategies of the instructional modality, inter-personal relationships and teaching theory.

ARTICLE 7 – Faculty and Academic Professional Assessment

7.13 (new) For instructors teaching in both online and face-to-face modalities, assessment will include both.

Student Evaluations (Article 7.5)

General.  The purposes of student evaluations are to provide the faculty member with constructive feedback concerning job performance; and to assure excellence in the delivery of service.  Accordingly, employees will have access to student evaluations of their sections taught.

7.51     All Full-time and Part-time Faculty will conduct student evaluations for each section taught using a College-approved evaluation tool.  The results of the student evaluations will be available to the Faculty member.

7.511   Part-time Faculty.

7.5111   The results of the student evaluations for Part-Time Faculty may be reviewed by the Faculty Department Chair, a designated Faculty member, or the Division Dean/Administrative Supervisor.  Student evaluations may be used as one of multiple methods per Article 7.28.

6.232   Instructional assignments will be made based on student and program needs, [the size of available classrooms,] the qualifications of the Instructor, the teaching modality and, insofar as possible, the interests of the Instructor.  The individual Instructor’s preference shall be taken under advisement in making teaching assignments, provided the Instructor’s timely requests are made in writing to the Division Dean.  Notification of actual teaching assignments will be given two weeks after the class schedule is finalized.  However, this does not preclude changes in the class schedule due to circumstances such as class cancellation and the addition of new classes. If the faculty member is assigned an online course and has not taught online at PCC, the Instructor is required to successfully complete training prior to teaching online.  For part-time faculty, training  compensation will be based on a stipend tied to the special projects rate.  Compensation for full-time faculty will be paid when the training is completed outside of the normal work week.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Language from the Distance Learning MOU on p89-93 of the 2011-2015 contract has been either deleted, condensed, or integrated into the tentative agreement. Included in the deletions was item 8 on p91, the handling of excess enrollment in a DL section. There will no longer be overage pay for enrolling students above the maximum norm for the DL section.

6.243   Course Development or Revisions for Distance Education

[The parties recognize the evolving nature of distance education and technologies which support it.  In order to maintain flexibility as this evolution continues, the parties agree to provide significant latitude to Instructors (whether full-time or part-time), Division Deans and the College Distance Education Department to develop individual agreements which meet the needs of all three.] 

The selection of courses and programs (certificate or degree) for distance delivery is the responsibility of the academic administration of the College in accordance with EAC policy.

Consistent with the EAC policy, the appropriate SAC reviews all proposals for new distance education courses and makes recommendations regarding learning activities, techniques and technologies necessary to ensure that SAC approved course outcomes are met.  The Distance Education Department and the sponsoring department work with the SAC and Faculty assigned to develop the course to ensure that SAC recommendations are met.

Developing a course for distance education may involve a wide range of activities depending on factors such as, the extent of original materials, the Instructor’s prior experience with the distance education modality, the media to be used, the nature of the subject matter and other factors.  Courses which are selected for development as a distance education course offering will be produced under a [letter] Letter of [agreement] Agreement (LOA) between the Instructor, the Division Dean and the College Distance Education Department. The LOA shall include any agreed upon support such as compensation or release time.  When compensation is approved, major revisions will be compensated up to 50% of course pay and new development up to 100% of course pay based on the work to be performed.  Full stipend is tied to the PT faculty step 1 rate for lecture.

Agreements for courses being developed for the first time or undergoing major revision will be reviewed in accordance with College standards for online course design prior to being offered. A LOA for multiple terms shall not prevent the College from terminating the agreement in the event of unsatisfactory performance.

[The letter of agreement may cover a period of multiple terms including initial terms of teaching, evaluating and revising the course.

To facilitate agreement and mutual understanding of the variables which need to be considered in reaching the above agreements, the parties have agreed to the Memorandum of Understanding which is reproduced in the back of this Agreement.]

5.6       Counselors, consistent with the requirements and standards of the department and the qualifications of the individual Counselor, shall:

5.61    Be responsible for counseling and guiding any assigned or requesting students and special program students in meeting their respective educational, personal, social and vocational goals, using judgment consistent with standards of the appropriate professional association, licensing board, and state and federal guidelines [American Counseling Association], and based upon adequate knowledge of counseling practices, methods, techniques, interpersonal relationships and community resources.  This may include[s] providing registration, advising and guidance assistance to students.

  1. PART TIME FACULTY

PT Faculty compensation for cancelled classes (Art 18.13)

When Management cancels a class or work assignment, the Faculty shall be paid at the contract rate for all classes that met or days that were worked prior to the cancellation.  If the notice of class cancellation is issued less than five [three] working days before the first class meeting, the part-time Faculty shall be paid for contact hours scheduled for the first class session.

Part-Time Employment in Multiple Positions (new, will be Article 18.62)

A part-time employee who qualifies for health insurance coverage based on employment in another employee category (e.g. Academic Professional) who also qualifies for medical insurance coverage based on part-time faculty employment will receive the flat monthly contribution identified in 18.61(E) in addition to the cap applicable to their other qualifying employment to a maximum of the applicable cap for full-time Academic Professional employees toward the cost of health insurance premiums.

Assignment Rights

4.13    Counselors, Librarians and Tutors: Faculty who have worked six hours or more per week for a full term in nine out of the previous twelve terms for the same department, at the same campus, shall have assignment rights to six hours per week for one term, provided the work is available, in the same department, at the same campus, unless not assigned under one of the exceptions listed under Article 23 – Non-renewal or Article 22 –  Discipline and Dismissal. Earning and application of assignment rights for Librarians employed by the District Library will include all libraries within that department.

4.4         Annual Assignment

4.41 Faculty with assignment rights will be given annual assignments provided sufficient courses for which they are qualified are planned.  Faculty who desire an annual assignment must notify Management in writing by February 1.  They will be notified in writing by the last day of class Spring term of each year of the following year’s assignment.  The notices will include the courses to be taught or work to be done, and will be authorized by the supervisor.  Faculty shall reply in writing to the supervisor within ten business days indicating whether or not they will accept the assignment.  Failure to respond will result in forfeit of the annual assignment [cancellation of assignment rights].

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Part-time Faculty Teaching Limit and Workload Exception

In accordance with Article 4.21, Part-time Faculty will not be assigned to an instructional workload which equals or exceeds .82 FTE college-wide.

As an exception to Article 4.21, Part-time Faculty may be assigned to an instructional workload which equals or exceeds .82 FTE college-wide, provided that the exception does not occur in more than one term per academic year, and does not exceed 1.09 FTE college-wide.

Note: The end date on this PT Faculty Teaching Limit and Workload Exception MOU was extended from August 31, 2015 to now be August 31, 2019.

Multi-Year Contracts (MYCs):

Eligibility:  All current PT faculty who have been employed at least one academic year and have been assessed at least once.

Renewal:  MYC may be renewed or reposted at the discretion of the dean.  Absent performance concerns or changing program needs, the faculty member may expect to be renewed.

Assignment Rights (A/R):  No new A/R while piloting MYC, beginning fall term 2015.  A/R in departments where there are MYCs will continue to be assigned a minimum of one section per term if available. Decisions not to offer one section that are based on performance will follow Article 4.211.  At end of the pilot in 2019: if MYCs continue, they will replace the current A/R system.

Duration:  An MYC is 3 years in duration.

Number:  Minimum of 100 MYCs per year for three years starting in Fall 2016.

Location of MYCs:  Deans and DOIs will develop methodology for determining where MYCs will be placed.  Methodology will be shared for transparency.

Selection Process:  Article 3.64 type process, with a content expert if possible.  Application, assessments, and student feedback considered. Interview and teaching demonstration optional.

Assignments:  MYC is minimum 1.5 FTE per year.  Posted office hours are required (2 hours/week).

Contingency language: An individual MYC may be discontinued at management’s discretion based on budget, enrollment or performance.

Part-time Faculty Assessment

7.23    Second and Third-Year Assessment.  All part-time Faculty members will be assessed during their second and third years of employment.

  1. FULL TIME FACULTY
  • Initial Salary Placement for new full-time hires will change from 1 step for every 3 years full-time experience to 1 step for every 2 years full-time experience (Article 16.12), up to step 3.
  • Joint Labor-Management Committees

We entered into three agreements for Committees, with representatives from the federation and from management, to further study these concerns.

Workload: Ongoing committee to investigate best practices and make recommendations through the CAM to facilitate clarity and consistency throughout the district.  An initial list of issues, including responding to student email, will come out of bargaining.  Thereafter, the work group will receive issues from the CAM.

SAC Best Practices:  Limited duration committee to explore best practices for managing SAC workload.  This group will review practices in place within the high functioning and organized SACs and produce “Best Practices” that can be shared among the SACs.  Once best practices are documented, this work group would cease.

Faculty Department Chair Compensation:  Limited duration committee to review Counselor release time, CTE chair compensation, and the idea of using “number of sections taught by part-time faculty” rather than “number of part-time faculty” in the formula for FDC compensation.  Recommendations will be made to the CAM and once resolved, this work group would cease.

Term of Agreement

4 years (September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2019), with a Reopener in Spring 2017 for the final two years.

Reopener Topics: Wages and Benefits, Parking Fees, AP Classification System (point factor and market based systems)

Sincerely,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President

and the PCCFFAP Negotiation Team: Ed DeGrauw (lead negotiator), Jaime Rodriguez, Corrinne Crawford, Chelsea Kimmett, Minoo Marashi, and Michael Cannarella (Labor Relations Specialist)

October 29, 2015

Negotiations Team Reaches a Tentative Agreement: Dinner on Monday 10/26 for more!!

Posted on Behalf of Frank Goulard:

Faculty and Academic Professional colleagues,
We have a tentative agreement for a four-year contract (2015-2019) with a wages & benefits reopener in 2017! This is contingent on our negotiations team wrapping up with the administration team.

We were able to conclude with quite a few items that will be beneficial for our membership as we go forward. I want to especially thank the members of our bargaining team, who I was alongside with at the table, and very proud of, during this long and intense negotiations process: Ed DeGrauw (lead negotiator), Corrinne Crawford, Minoo Marashi, Jaime Rodriguez, Chelsea Ellertson, and Michael Cannarella (labor relations specialist).

Thank you for your outstanding support and patience during this year! We are still planning our dinner at the Sylvania cafeteria. We will celebrate, provide f2f information, and answer questions. You are still welcome to attend the board meeting and support your team’s efforts, as well as any constructive remarks you may have if you choose to speak to the board.

Thanks again and take care,

Frank Goulard,
President, PCCFFAP

Negotiations Update 10/14 AND CALL TO ACTION

Your negotiations team met with PCC administration on Tuesday, October 13. After we had expressed strong concerns about the last offer, we were hopeful. Yesterday the administration showed us they had the money to settle the contract—accepting our fair proposal—right then and there.

They chose not to.

Administration revealed new data indicating that the college’s anticipated revenue would be $4.5 million more than the amount that was discussed at the last negotiating session – exactly the amount needed to close the gap between the two positions outlined in the table below.

Rather than settle the contract, however, administration proposed adding $3 million to the college’s reserve funds – this on top of the $5 million they have already set aside for the reserve fund in their current proposal. Their only concession on salary and benefits was a small increase in classified employees’ COLA from 1% to 1.5%/yr (at a cost of $500,000), with the remaining $1 million going to faculty and APs to use at our discretion – a one-time lump sum amounting to less than 1% of our combined salaries.

So, despite an additional $4.5 million in anticipated revenue, the administration’s position on faculty and AP COLA remains unchanged at 1%.  No money for professional development, no compensation for PT faculty non-instructional work, no additional steps, and no new FT faculty positions were proposed.

Given the state’s healthier economic condition, the raises we’ve foregone during the recession, and the volume & quality of work performed, we believe our proposal is fair and reasonable, particularly in light of the record biennial dollar increase in the state’s Community College Support Fund (CCSF).

It’s also worth noting that while administration is denying faculty and APs a fair COLA, they have planned and asked the board to increase the salaries of five cabinet-level executives at the college by 24% – to bring them up to market value – over the next five years.

The table below is a revised summary of the federation and administration positions on the issues at stake:

Issue

Federation position

Admin position

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

⇧2.5% for FT Faculty & APs

⇧3% for PT

⇧ 1% for FT & PT

Health insurance cap

⇧ 5%

⇧ 5%

Top Step for Faculty and APs

Add new top step for APs, PT, and FT Faculty

No new top step for anyone

Professional Development

$500,000 per year for FT/PT faculty and APs

 $0

Compensation for PT faculty for college work outside of teaching (committees, etc.)

$500,000 per year

$0

New FT faculty positions

100 new FT faculty positions funded as a strategic initiative

0 new FT faculty positions

Estimated total Cost to PCC

$22.5 Million

$18 Million

These two proposals are $4.5 million apart. That is precisely the same number that the administration’s team announced they had found since our last bargaining session. We could be done with this negotiation.

Instead, we were told that this new $4.5 million would mostly be put to other uses. Same with another $5 million which when “put to other uses” adds to PCC’s $17 million ending fund balance. Same with another $4 million when “put to other uses” is for unspecified strategic initiatives. Same with another $29 million, which is in PCC’s PERS bond reserve fund that must be spent by 2027 (at the average rate of $3 million/yr).

At the end of our last session, we were not far apart: only 1%, of the general fund budget. It is extremely frustrating that administration is not willing to bargain in light of all of the above conditions to reach a fair and reasonable contract settlement as has customarily been the case at PCC. Our employees and our students deserve better.

We need your support now more than ever. If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for the next PCC Board Meeting: Monday, October 26 at Sylvania CC Conference Rooms A&B. We’ll provide food & drink in the Sylvania Cafeteria starting at 6pm, followed by the 7:30 Board meeting. In the coming days, you will receive more information from us about specific ways you can help us make a strong case to the board. In the meantime, please plan on attending, and bring a colleague or two!

We are close to settling this contract. But we need your support to help us ensure a settlement worthy of our dedicated faculty and APs. We hope to see you all at the Board meeting! Thank you.