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:
The administration team presented cost estimates.
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:
A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for all employee classes;
New top step for all employee classes and eliminate the bottom step;
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:
Please Button up!
Sign up to attend the next bargaining session!
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)