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!
Nick Hengen Fox
Co-chairs of PCCFFAP’s Organizing Committee
Can you believe it’s the 45th annual Faculty & AP Picnic on September 29th at Willamette Park?
No need to bring anything but yourself, family, significant other.
Join co-workers for a picnic at the end of the first week of Fall term.
After 15 years working as the Labor Relations Specialist for PCCFFAP and PCCFCE, Michael Canarella is retiring. His expertise in labor law, contract negotiations, union activism, and ability to address the needs of our members is going to be missed.
Please join us to send Michael into his very well-deserved retirement!
Date: Wednesday, Sept 27
Time: 3:00-5:00pm (drop in anytime)
Where: Seasons and Regions, 6660 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
Appetizers, drinks, and cake to share.
Email Heidi.Edwards@pccffap.org with questions.
Our negotiations with the administration team since Spring have been based on two principles:
- Portland Community College employees should be able to afford to live in Portland and the Portland Metro area.
- PCC should compensate employees with equal pay for equal work.
Neither of these principles is complicated or hard to understand. But neither can be achieved in just one bargaining cycle. We will need to come back over and over, to insist on these basic values.
We have two negotiations sessions scheduled next week: Monday, September 11 (9am-2pm) and Wednesday, September 13 (9am-12pm). We continue to need to make some progress on these priorities. The most important thing you can do is attend one, or both, of next week’s sessions and help us move towards an agreement. Your attendance shows the administration that these basic values matter, and that PCC employees care about one another. If so, sign up to attend the next meetings at the CLIMB Center.
In this cycle, we asked for a 4% cost of living increase — modest compared to what is needed in the Portland area according to this research. The administration team has so far refused to offer any cost of living increase, instead talking about a 1% one-time lump sum payment. Obviously, the size of the offered payment is a problem, but the deeper issue is that a one-time payment does nothing to meet the basic principle. Workers should be able to afford to live where they work. The cost of living in Portland is on a steep increase with no sign of leveling off anytime soon, driven by rising housing costs!
After surveying you to gather our FCE and FFAP members’ concerns, we focused on two inequities in this cycle — underpayment to “part-time” faculty and disparities in the retirement programs for classified staff as compared to full-time faculty and academic professionals. (To see how steep the pay inequities are for instructors, go here.). While the administration team has so far been willing to talk about these issues, our members need more than talk. We need at least some movement to ameliorate these longstanding inequities.
Your negotiations team appreciates how many of you have already attended sessions and engaged in this process. We need your continued engagement in this process and hope you sign up to attend bargaining sessions next week.
Shirlee Geiger, Bargaining Team Member