Goodbye and Thanks to Linda Blanchette

Linda Blanchette, former Director of Professional and Organizational Development (POD), is no longer employed by PCC. Her position was eliminated in a recent reorganization, and her last day at work was March 28th, 2018. Since this decision was not announced by administration, we thought you’d like to know and also take this opportunity to thank Linda for her many years of service to FFAP members.

Linda started her employment at PCC as an AP and was represented by our Federation. In 2007, she moved into a management position as Director of POD, where she oversaw training and development programs that greatly benefited so many FFAP members. She started the AP Institute, which is the first (and so far only) professional-development experience for all APs. She was a tireless advocate for the development of all employees at PCC, and we will miss her.

If you would like to write a short note of thanks to Linda, please do so below.

We, the members of PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, thank Linda for her dedication, her hard work, and her service over many years at PCC.

Fair winds and following seas, Linda!

Update on Janus v. AFSCME

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The Court will likely find that unions such as ours need to represent all employees whether or not they pay for that representation. If the Court finds against us, we will continue to negotiate contracts (like the re-opener that added two new steps for part-time faculty in September 2017), organize events (like our recent trip to the Oregon Food Bank) represent members in grievances (we’ve represented dozens of members in grievances in the last year), or just help answer questions about our contract. But… we’ll do it with less financial support from the nearly 2000 faculty and academic professionals whom we represent.

We’ll keep working and fighting for fair treatment on the job. Unions won gains—like the weekend in 1937 —long before “fair share” dues became part of labor law in 1977. The Janus case will likely completely flip this Abood precedent of fair share dues. But it will mean we need more help from all of you. More help talking to members. More help organizing activities. More help writing emails like this one—which is drafted by ten members of our union in their “free” time.

For now, what can you do to help? Confirm your membershipIf you would like to activate, or just confirm, your membership, you can fill out a membership organization form online here. Keep engaged—you can read AFT’s amicus brief or check out news coverage. Let your colleagues know why you value being part of a union.

If you’re not sure if you’re a member—or why you’re a member, write back. Ask an Executive Council member on your campus. We want to talk to you—not just about what we’ve done, but what we can do now and in the future.

In other news, please check out the PCCFFAP website for a guest blog from a part-time faculty member and other updates. And don’t forget to sign up or nominate a colleague to attend the annual AFT-Oregon Convention. Click here for more details.

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President

Join Us at the AFT-Oregon Annual Convention!

We are looking for interested PCCFFAP members to participate in our upcoming state AFT-Oregon annual convention. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the work of our union, help define our union priorities, and meet union supporters from around the state.
AFT-Oregon Annual Convention
May 4, 5:00pm – May 6, 3:00pm
Downtown Portland Hilton
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to become more involved in the work of our federation, please consider attending. We plan to send a large delegation of 20-30 members. Following convention, all delegates will be asked to briefly report what they learned and action items that may be taken by our local.
Please email heidi.edwards@pccffap.org no later than March 11th if you are interested or have questions.

Black History Month Special Event

Race and Labor: Building a More Just Economy

Presentation and Discussion with Bill Fletcher, Jr.

When: February 20, 2018 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: 70 NW Couch St, White Stag Building Room 142/144

Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been at the forefront of both the labor and anti-racist movements for four decades. Fletcher has served as Education Director for the national AFL-CIO and as senior staff for a number of national labor unions.  He has also served as president of TransAfrica Forum, as Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, and as an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com.  He is author or co-author of multiple books, including Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California press, 2009).

See the LERC website at lerc.uoregon.edu for more information and to sign-up for this FREE PUBLIC event

PCCFFAP members pack potatoes at the Oregon Food Bank

On February 10, members of PCCFFAP and PCCFCE came together to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank.

We learned a lot about food insecurity in Oregon and how we can make a difference in our community through volunteer efforts. Along with packing potatoes, many of us participated in Oregon Food Bank’s postcard campaign by signing postcards that will be sent to our congressional representatives to advocate for continued funding for SNAP benefits.

At final count, we learned that we sorted and packed 27,219 pounds of potatoes, which equated to 220 meals per volunteer. While it sounds like a lot, it’s not enough. Oregon Food Bank needs our continued support! (Click here for information about how you can support their efforts.)

It was great to see union members showing solidarity and helping to fight hunger and food insecurity in our community.

Volunteer with Your Union

Looking for ways to continue community service? Join your union colleagues in a morning of packaging and boxing bulk food at the Oregon Food Bank’s Portland Volunteer Action Center on Saturday, February 10th from 8:45am-11:30am. We have 30 spots for PCCFFAP and PCCFCE families and friends, and anyone 6 years and up can participate. Let us know you’re interested in joining by filling out this quick form, and I’ll send an email with instructions for how to sign up on the Oregon Food Bank website.

We also invite you to swing by during our campus Outreach Weeks to visit, or stick around to volunteer reaching out to let our PCC community to share what the value of union membership means to you.

  • CA on 1/17-18 (Wednesday and Thursday) in the TLC, Cascade Hall room 102
  • RC on 1/22-23 (Monday and Tuesday) in Building 5 room 243
  • SE on 1/24-25 (Wednesday and Thursday) in the TLC, Mt. Tabor Hall room 109

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

You’re Invited! Discussion with Fast-Food Union Organizers Dec. 5

President's Message

Union Members:

We’ve had a union at PCC for 40 years. Many other workers are not so lucky. PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (FFAP) is sponsoring a visit by workers from Burgerville, who have been organizing to form a union since 2013. This session will share the experiences of these workers as they talk about organizing in a low-wage economy and provide strategies for building power in any union under pressure today.

Join us Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
10am-12pm
Rock Creek 7 / 116

Anyone is welcome.

See the attached flyer for more details!

Celebrate the Holidays with your Union

President's Message

Join your colleagues–and fellow union members–for an afternoon of holiday cheer. We’ll have sweet treats and activities for you and your families and a chance to connect outside of the usual work routines.

What: PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals  (PCCFFAP) Holiday Party

When: Saturday December 9, 1pm-4pm

Where: Southeast Campus, Community Hall

What: Bring your families to decorate cookies, craft holiday (and new year’s) cards, and check in with your fellow PCCFFAP members–and your Executive Council. A reminder that this year’s celebration will be a lighter affair with afternoon tea, coffee & refreshments, rather than a full meal. Also, instead of Santa bringing presents this year, family members will get to make their own gifts and crafts (cookies, crafts and cards) to take home with them.

We also have info to share about…

Why: Free food, good company, time with your family!

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

 

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

PS–Want to help with the event? Email FFAP Organizing Committee Chairs Sara Robertson (sara.robertson@pccffap.org) and/or Nick Hengen Fox (nick.hengenfox@pccffap.org).

Volunteers Needed! Campus Outreach Jan. 16-27

Dear Colleagues:

Do you have an hour to help make our union stronger? Sign up now for campus outreach week at a PCC campus winter term.

What can I expect? Sign up to be matched with an experienced colleague to do outreach to other PCC employees. We will be walking the campus to office locations, as well as calling home phones. (The largest number of non-members are part-time faculty who can be hard to find on campus!)

We will have snacks in the phoning rooms, and a chance to meet campus colleagues you may not see very often.

At the end of the two weeks of campus outreach, we will be organizing on a Saturday to try to reach members at home. These home visits give an opportunity for more extended conversations about the ways union involvement leads to better working conditions and a better education for our students — with widespread benefits to our entire community as a result!

Even a half hour can make a huge difference in strengthening our union. Go to this sign up form to let us know you are willing to be a part of this outreach, and to indicate when you are available.

SY on 1/16 (Tuesday)
CA on 1/17-18 (Wednesday and Thursday)
RC on 1/22-23 (Monday and Tuesday)
SE on 1/24-25 (Wednesday and Thursday)
House visits on 1/27 (Saturday)

Thanks for your help!

Sara Robertson
sara.robertson@pccffap.org

Nick Hengen Fox
nick.hengenfox@pccffap.org

Co-chairs of PCCFFAP’s Organizing Committee