PCCFFAP United for a Fair Contract
PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals supports student success by bargaining for equitable salaries, good benefits, and safe working conditions. United for a Fair Contract is a platform developed after surveys and multiple conversations with members during Fall 2018. It reflects our shared commitment to strengthening PCC and providing the best education for our students.
- Fair Pay and Benefits for Faculty and APs: Faculty and AP salary and benefits should, at minimum, keep up with the cost of living in the Portland Metro area.
- A significant portion of of our members are struggling with the cost of housing (40%), health care (64%), food (25%), and other necessities
- PT Faculty have eleven steps, while FT Faculty have 17. PT faculty are paid, depending on their step, anywhere from 5% to 33% less than FT faculty for teaching the same course.
What We Want: One pay scale for all faculty; COLAs commensurate with cost of living; increase in college contribution to health insurance.
2. Manageable Workload: Faculty and APs deserve a manageable workload and fair compensation for instructional and non-instructional work.
- All job classes report increasing workload with the demands of necessary assessment, retention, committee, customer service, and curricular work.
- Employees – especially PT faculty – are not offered compensation for service to the college and committee work
What We Want: Manageable workload; fair compensation for non-instructional work.
3. Job Security: All Faculty and APs deserve job security.
- 30% of members feel somewhat or very insecure with regard to their PCC employment.
- PT Faculty experience high levels of stress and uncertainty around class assignments each term, particularly those who rely on PCC for their health insurance benefits.
What We Want: Increase in the number of classes PT faculty can teach; improved transfer and recall rights for grant-funded APs; more transparent job & class assignments/scheduling
4. Career Opportunities and Professional Development: Faculty and APs deserve meaningful access to professional development and opportunities for career advancement.
- Zero APs have been placed in Level 6&7 positions since their creation in 2005.
- PT Faculty who wish to be FT have no clear path and are often passed over when FT positions open up.
- APs who informally manage budgets and supervise personnel are not able to count this as management experience.
- The role of FDCs is poorly defined. FDCs need support and training.
What We Want: Define AP 6& 7 positions and establish a process to reclassify some AP positions. Pathway to management for APs, Pathway to FT for PT faculty.