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Bargaining Resumes

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 27th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to 3pm. There were several new items on the agenda.

After some initial discussion, FFAP President Frank Goulard presented a revised proposal which would lower some costs by phasing in implementation over the next two years. The Admin team reviewed the proposal and although their cost estimates were higher, they agreed that this was a good start.

However, the estimated costs are still much higher than the $2.6M that Admin has budgeted. The JBT questioned several aspects of the budget, including higher costs for new management positions and for many contingency funds. The Admin team did not address these concerns, stating simply that the budget is designed to follow fair labor practices. Admin did express concerns about the continuing declines in enrollment and its impact on the budget. The JBT pointed out that the growth of management positions during a period of declining enrollment was running counter to national trends.

The JBT emphasized the need for compromise on both sides of the table. Frank offered another suggestion that modified the proposed costs yet still preserved Federation priorities for its members. Admin appreciated the additional dialogue and responded that they needed to speak with their folks, after which the meeting adjourned.

The JBT is hopeful that Admin will be able to increase its meager budget allotment of $2.6M. Due to a 2015 Oregon Supreme Court order reversing a 2013 Legislative PERS reduction, all employees in the bargaining unit will be receiving a 1% reduction as part of the 2017-2019 budget’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The JBT feels that Admin should be able to reallocate its priorities to assist our employees, who are already feeling the pinch of Portland’s tight housing market and other costs of living.

There was another outstanding turnout of member support, as over 20 observers showed up to watch the negotiating sessions and to engage in lively debates during the caucuses. They also enjoyed breakfast snacks and a delicious lunch. The JBT greatly values the feedback from our diverse array of members who observed!

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Friday, August 4th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 4th meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 1)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meeting
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson

Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

 

 

 

 

Show Your Support!

President's MessageFederation Members,

Despite the slow and disappointing progress in negotiations last Tuesday, we are more committed than ever to demonstrate our unity. Both unions, Classified and Faculty /AP, are working with our membership to achieve a fair, reasonable, and equitable contract for all PCC employees.

To highlight this unity we are asking you, as a member of our union, to print out the flyers below (from a non-PCC printer) and post them in your car window.  Feel free to make copies to give to others, but remember that posting the flyers on college property (e.g., in one’s cubicle) is not allowed. We will also have copies available if you’d like us to send them to you.  Simply contact the Federation Office at mary.sykora@pccffap.org.

Here are some additional things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! The deadline to sign up for the July 27th meeting is Monday, July 24th.  Observers who cannot stay the whole day are welcome to break at lunch or during caucus time.
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Mark the PCC Board Meeting on August 17th and September 21st on your calendar.
  4. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Your attendance as we move forward with negotiations, and your show of unity, is greatly appreciated.

In unity,

Frank Goulard
President, PCCFFAP

Flyers

Fair Pay Flyer

Solidarity Flyer

 

Bargaining Stalls

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Tuesday, July 18th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to noon. There were no new items on the agenda.

The Admin team asked us to prioritize our requests. Joint Federations Bargaining Team member Shirlee Geiger read this Team Statement of Priorities. After a brief caucus, the Admin team said they needed “realistic proposals” and ended the session, even after our team offered to talk about that we might be able to offer in return.

The meeting ended at that point at 9:50am, without having accomplished anything else. The Federations felt that the meeting could have continued with exchanges of proposals and productive discussions, especially since there were 20 observers who made time to attend the meeting.

The bargaining team and the 20 observers, who had made special arrangements to attend the bargaining session, were extremely disappointed that the management team walked out of the session without entertaining any proposals – or even discussing the possibility of entertaining proposals. Michael Morrow, a veteran of over 100 bargaining sessions, remarked that he had never attended a more abrupt bargaining session. Our team is ready to bargain. When will the admin team be ready?

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Thursday, July 27th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 27th meeting is Monday. July 24th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend the PCC Board Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday evening, July 27th at Newberg Center.
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your bargaining team (Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

 

 

Bargaining Continues: Budget Updates and August Meeting Dates

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 6th at the CLIMB Center. There were no new items on the agenda. New meeting dates were agreed upon for August 4th, 9am-noon, Aug. 11th, 12-3pm and Aug 22nd, 9am-noon.

The administration team presented revised cost estimates of the Federation proposals. Although we can quibble about the numbers, this fact remains: Admin and the Federations are far apart at this point. Admin claims that the Federations’ proposed costs are far higher than their budget will allow.

The final budget figures from the state will soon be released, and then the real negotiations can begin. The PCC Board will also decide if it’s going to roll back the proposed 2018-19 tuition increase it had previously approved.

Admin is asking us to prioritize our requests and our priority is to maximize the impact of the available dollars, while still supporting as many of the proposals as we can. The team will be meeting prior to the next session to evaluate, maximize and prioritize the impact of the proposals prior to the next negotiation session.

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team has put four main proposals on the bargaining table:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) per year for all employee classes;
  2. New top step for all employee classes (and eliminate the bottom step);
  3. Increase the number of steps (from 9 to 17) for PT faculty and increase the equivalent pay rate to 80% of FT faculty.
  4. Various reductions to out-of-pocket health insurance costs.

There are also other minor (cost-wise) proposals which we anticipate will have a high dollar to impact ratio, including expanding and extending Classified early retirement.

The Federations commended the Admin team’s decision to allow a few observers to attend the meeting, even though the number of observers had not been properly submitted in advance due to the holiday weekend.

The Administration also needs to prioritize its budget spending. It needs to remember that students come to PCC for the people, not the facilities or the managers. The instructors, advisers, counselors, public-safety officers, custodians, food service staff and many other employees are the face of PCC to the students. We need support and incentives to do our jobs well to ensure student success.

Our next negotiation session is Tuesday, July 18th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to put some pressure on the Admin team!

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 18th meeting is Wed. July 12th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting VP of Communications, on behalf of your bargaining team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

Bargaining continues: Admin team Presents Cost Estimates

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

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:

  1. The administration team presented cost estimates.

  2. 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:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for all employee classes;

  2. New top step for all employee classes and eliminate the bottom step;

  3. 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:

  1. Please Button up!

  2. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session!

  3. 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)

PCC Admin Proposes Pay Reductions, COLA Freeze

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing with an update from the recent wage and benefits contract-reopener meeting. Last Friday, PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP), along with our counterparts in the Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE) presented three proposals, including:

  • A 4% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all employee classes (FT Faculty, PT Faculty, AP and Classified) in each of the next two years (2017-18 and 2018-19) This would help members who are struggling with the skyrocketing cost of housing in our district, among other things.

  • Add a new top step for all employee classes, and delete the bottom step. Approximately 25% of our members are at the top step and are no longer eligible for annual step increases. A new top step would reward these members for their many years of service.

  • Increase the number of steps for PT Faculty from nine to 17. This would increase parity for PT faculty who perform the same instructional work but are paid far less than their FT faculty counterparts. Our proposal would increase the number of hours between steps (from 400 to 500) but it would also make it possible for PT faculty who have accumulated at least 8000 contact hours at the proposed top step 17, to earn $1,500 per lecture hour. The current pay scale tops out at $970 per lecture hour..

Administration came back with a proposal of their own:

  • No COLA for any employee class; instead a 1% salary reduction.

  • The normal annual step increases for those on steps.

  • Individuals at the top step, who do not move a step anymore, would therefore receive a 1% pay reduction.

Obviously, the two sides are far apart! This is why it’s more important than ever for YOU – our members – to get active! Button up! Attend an open bargaining session! Spread the word to your colleagues! We need you to show solidarity with the bargaining team who is on the front line fighting against these unreasonable salary reductions.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the members who came to observe the bargaining session last Friday. We appreciated your thoughtful input and your presence sends a strong message to administration that we demand nothing less than a fair and reasonable contract.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

In solidarity,

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

June 6 Rally in Salem for Fair Corporate Taxes

The following information was created by AFT-Oregon.

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Here’s the good news. We’re closer than ever before to a revenue solution that will end decades of disinvestment in Oregon’s schools and critical services, with the recent release of the Oregon Education Investment Initiative from legislative leaders.

A plan like this—which asks corporations to pay their fair share—was desperately needed. If we don’t pass something like it soon, the results will be devastating: 3,000 educators could lose their jobs and 350,000 Oregonians would be kicked off their health insurance.

But the plan isn’t law yet, and these massive cuts are still looming.

Join AFT-Oregon, SEIU Local 503, and allies  in Salem on Tuesday, June 6 to tell our elected officials “Oregon Can’t Wait” for big business to decide it’s time to pay their fair share.

Now is the time to tell our elected leaders we won’t accept deeper cuts while Oregon has one of the lowest corporate taxes in the nation. We need them to ask corporations to pay more, and we can’t wait.

To make that clear, AFT-Oregon will be joining SEIU Local 503 and the A Better Oregon coalition for our largest event at the capitol ever.

Oregon Can't Wait RallyOregon Can’t Wait Rally
Tuesday, June 6Noon
Capitol Steps, Salem
Register online

Bus service will be available (leaving at 10 AM) from Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, and lunch will be provided.

Join us as we storm the steps of the capitol to make sure legislators know that Oregon Can’t Wait for more revenue. We expect this to be one of the largest crowds the capitol has ever seen, with over 1,000 rallying.

This fight has never been more important. Will I see you there?

In Solidarity,
David Rives, AFT-Oregon President

PCC’s Recent Budget Update

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

As PCC faces challenges to balance its 2017-19 budget, you should know that your Federation bargaining team is fighting on your behalf to preserve – and improve – your existing workplace pay, benefits, and conditions. It’s worth noting that without a strong union, PCC administrators could impose budget restrictions however they chose.

As I said in my last message, we believe there are budgetary funds for a fair and reasonable settlement on pay and benefits. Please keep this position in mind if you choose to attend a budget forum.

The more active members we have, the stronger our position. So if you haven’t signed your membership card, please activate it now. And sign up to attend an open bargaining session so that you can have a front row seat to negotiations. The next bargaining session is this Friday, May 26 from 9am-noon at CLIMB. The tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
  • Health Insurance
  • Top Step
  • PT Faculty Pay Equity

You can sign up here to attend. I hope to see some of you there.

Together we are stronger!

In solidarity,

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

Need Help Managing your Student Debt?

Fellow Oregon AFT Local 3571, Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) would like to extend an invitation to FFAP & FCE members who wish to join them for a Student Debt ClinicThursday May 1812-2pm, Art Building Room 240, 2000 SW 5th Ave.

While registration is capped at 50 participants, there are still spots available, enabling PSUFA to extend the invitation to fellow AFT members. Pre-register to attend PSUFA’s Student Debt Clinic (SDC) HERE.

The Student Debt Clinic (SDC) will provide attendees with a thorough overview of ways to lower monthly student loan payments through income-driven repayment plans, as well as how to qualify for total federal student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. These programs are relevant for Parent PLUS loan holders as well.

While these programs are only applicable to federal student loans, limited information will be available to assist people with private student loans. If you are unsure whether your loan is a federal loan, visit http://nslds.ed.gov/. You will have to log in, and this website will list all of your federal student loans.

If you have any questions, please contact our Staff Organizer, Mary Sykora at mary.sykora@pccffap.org.

Thank you, and we hope that you will be able to attend!

In solidarity,

Mary