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What Do We Want with That Equal Pay?

PCC administration did not completely accept our proposal for equal pay for equal work for PCC faculty in our 2017 wage re-opener — though it was a happy surprise that they were willing to explore it! And they agreed to add two new pay steps, so that “part-time” faculty will have 11 steps in the 2018-19 year (instead of 9.) This compares to 17 pay steps for “full-time” faculty.

Before agreeing to full pay parity, the administration members of the bargaining team suggested we create a joint Administration/Federation committee to study the issues ahead of the next full bargaining in 2019, with the hope we could work out a next phase of movement toward pay parity in those upcoming sessions.

We need your input to help craft a Federation position. Here is a summary of some of the issues we expect to discuss.

  • Using national data as well as results from past PCC surveys, the Federation estimates that 80% of “full-time” faculty work is instructional and 20% is service to the college and community. This is what the Federation has used to determine what “equal pay for equal work” would mean. “Part-time” instructor pay should be based on 80% of “full-time” pay, divided by teaching load. But is this the right ratio? Over the past 10 to 15 years, faculty have been tasked with additional quasi-administrative tasks, including program review and program assessment. While some funds have been made available to pay “part-time” faculty to participate, it has not been much. Members of the administration have explained that these responsibilities are expected to fall into “full-time” faculty job expectations, without additional pay. Has that  practice changed the allocation of time spent on direct instructional labor for “full-timers”, or has it just added to the number of hours in a “full-time” instructor’s work week? What ratio should we use?

 In previous surveys and conversations with “part-time” instructors at PCC, we identified 3 separate categories of concerns:

  1. Unequal pay for equal work!
  2. No clear career paths – no way for a “part-timer” to move up.
  3.  Marginalization of “part-timers” who often are made to feel they are not welcome as equal participants in SAC tasks, are shut out of many opportunities for professional development, have low representation in faculty governance (compared to our numbers), and have incredible skills and experience that remain under-utilized – foolish, given the current pressures on Higher Ed and a need for “all hands on deck” to meet them. This will be exacerbated with the goals of the YESS initiative.

Should we try to address some of these other concerns along with equal pay? So, for example, would we be willing to agree to equal pay if it came with increased requirements for participation in SAC work, or to serve on various committees? These are complex trade-offs, and the Federation will need your input in deciding what to agree to.

  • Currently, full-time faculty tend to complain that there are no uniform expectations for full-timers to participate in non-instructional work across the district. As a result, a few full-timers tend to do LOTS of committee work, and a larger number tend to do very little. This is increasingly felt to be unfair, and an ongoing source of resentment and bitterness. Our contract specifies that committee work (etc.) is to be delegated by the Division Dean. (See article 5.2). If we change any expectations for “part-time” faculty participation, as part of a move to pay parity, the current inconsistent practice for “full-timers” will come under new pressures. What are the benefits and drawbacks of creating more uniform expectations and enforcement for faculty participation in committees, mentorship, governance, etc?

It is heartening that administrators are willing to talk in detail about what pay parity would mean here at PCC. This is an exciting opportunity! We need to engage as many of our bargaining unit members in thinking about what would be best for each of us, our work relationships, and the students we hope to serve. Will you share your thoughts?

You can leave comments on this blog OR email your ideas to shirlee.geiger@pccffap.org OR frank.goulard@pccffap.org.

THANKS for all you do for all our students!

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

PCC Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM)

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

Last week, PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP) leaders Heidi Edwards and Peter Seaman attended the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) retreat, along with other members and Jeff Grider, president of the PCC classified employee union.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about SEM in coming months and years. The idea, as President Mitsui said in his opening remarks, is to manage student enrollment more effectively, as 50% of PCC’s budget now comes from tuition (the rest comes from the state support fund at 35% and property taxes at 15%). When we sit down at the bargaining table to negotiate for wages and benefits, tuition will determine to a large extent how much funding is available for these wages and benefits.

SEM will impact our work, in ways that are both seen and unforeseen. Please pay attention when you hear news of SEM, and we in FFAP leadership will likewise do our best to keep members up-to-date. In the meantime, please send any questions to Heidi (heidi.edwards@pccffap.org) or Peter (peter.seaman@pccffap.org). I hope you will look for ways to become involved in the SEM effort.

In solidarity,

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

Know Your Rights!

President's Message

​Dear Colleagues:

Have you ever been treated unfairly by your manager and felt powerless to address it? Have you sought help from administration and been disappointed by their response?

One of the biggest benefits of belonging to the Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP) is union representatives working on your behalf in situations like these. Your membership gives you access to experts who know the contract inside and out, are trained in labor laws, and can advocate for you in stressful situations. Most of the time, issues can be resolved with a simple meeting or phone conversation, while others are more complicated and involve the filing of grievances and sometimes arbitration. Situations like these are rare, but critically important in maintaining a balance of power between administration and employees.

Needless to say, administration doesn’t always like the union to get involved because it may limit administration’s ability to act unilaterally in ways that may negatively affect employees. So I’m writing to remind you that if a manager or administrator ever tells you any version of the following:

  • You are not entitled to union representation.

  • “The union rules don’t allow ______”

  • “The contract doesn’t allow _______”

PLEASE contact me or your federation representative. Unlike administration, we work for you and only you. And while we won’t be able to resolve every situation, we’ll make sure that you are heard, that you have representation, and that the contract is honored.

Thank you for all that you do for PCC, and Happy Veterans Day, especially to our members who have served or continue to serve in our armed services and their families.

Sincerely,

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

 

Fall 2017 Membership Meetings

Please join us at the Fall Membership Meetings. All of the meetings are from 12 to 1 PM.

  • 10/17/17 Tuesday Willow Creek #107
  • 10/19/17 Thursday Cascade Student Union 203/204
  • 10/23/17 Monday SE Campus Community Hall
  • 10/24/17 Tuesday Rock Creek TLC Building 7 #116
  • 10/26/17 Thursday Metro Building 2
  • 10/30/17 Monday Sylvania ST 108
  • 11/1/17 Wednesday Downtown Rose Room
  • 11/3/17 Friday CLIMB #306

Agenda

  • Contract Details and Update
  • Faculty/AP and Classified Breakout Sessions
  • Your Questions and Issues
  • Hot Lunch at each meeting

Click the link below for the brochure.

Member Fall 2017 Meetings

Final Note on Bargaining

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

I wanted to send a quick note to let everyone know that the PCC Board of Directors ratified the Tentative Agreement of our wages and benefits reopener at their September 21 meeting. (For a summary of changes for Fall 2017 to Summer 2019, click here.) While we didn’t get everything we were hoping for, we are confident that we can build on some of the wins in this agreement to continue our push for better pay and working conditions across employee classes. It’s time to start planning for 2019!

I’d like to thank the 100+ people who attended the bargaining sessions. It was somewhat of a new process for the federation, and one that paid off enormously as the administration could see that we were organized, unified, and ready to stand up and fight for a fair and reasonable settlement.

Lastly, keep an eye out for upcoming campus and center meetings. We’ll be meeting at the four campuses, along with Willow Creek, Metro, Downtown Center, and CLIMB, between October 17 and November 3. I hope to see many of you there and to hear from you about the issues most important to you.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive fall term.

In solidarity,

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