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!

Standing Up to Trump’s Travel Ban

President's MessagePresident Trump’s executive order that prohibiting entry into the United States by citizens of a targeted set of countries with predominantly Muslim residents affects approximately 25,000 people holding student and work visas, and as many as 500,000 people who are permanent legal residents of the United States. This order is already harming many AFT members and millions of our students, patients, families, friends and neighbors.

AFT and AFT-Oregon stand unequivocally against these actions. Whether or not you are among those directly affected, we encourage you to embrace the important ally role you have in distributing credible information and providing assistance in your communities.

AFT is providing resources  about the entry ban, who it affects, what those affected should expect, how to connect to legal assistance in your area and how to organize to fight against these bigoted actions.

I encourage you to go over this information carefully and share it with your colleagues. You’ll be hearing from us more as this situation develops.

Now more than ever, we need to reaffirm that our schools, campuses, hospitals and public spaces remain safe zones, free from racism, hate and the threat of deportation.

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

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