Subject: Bargaining Update #22: Moving the Goalposts

The Joint FFAP-FCE bargaining team met on Nov. 19 to try to close the $10M gap between what the Federations are demanding and what the college says they can afford over the next four years. The two sides had been working on a four-year deal covering two bienniums with conditions placed on the second biennium—the rationale being that we won’t know what resources the college will have available in 2021, and both sides would want to come back to the bargaining table if there were significant shifts in state funding, enrollment, or any other revenue sources for the college.

Here are the main components of administration’s offer.  Their four-year deal includes:

  • Step Compression for Full Time Faculty (FT), Part Time Faculty (PT), and Academic Professionals (APs): This is a concept introduced by FFAP that would decrease the distance between steps from 3.5% to 3%. This would result in a pay increase for everyone except those on the top step, with those on the bottom steps getting a higher percentage bump and each subsequent step getting a proportionally smaller increase. If you want to see how that would affect you, this spreadsheet shows the current steps compared to what your salary would be with step compression (in green.)  
  • COLAs for Faculty and APs: 1% in years 1&2, and 2% in years 3&4
  • COLAs for Classified: 3% in years 1&2, and 4% in years 3&4 (note that COLAs are higher for Classified in lieu of step compression.) 
  • $850,000 in professional development funds for PT faculty
  • $164,000 for changes in compensation structure for Faculty Department Chairs (background here)
  • PT faculty pay parity: over four years, increase the number of PT steps to 17 (from 11), with new steps to be 70% of FT faculty rate.  

The Federations appreciate the college’s movement on some issues, but we maintain:

  • The COLAs are too low
  • Professional development funding does not belong in a compensation package—it is the duty of the college to provide professional development opportunities to ALL employees.
  • FT faculty need a new top step
  • APs deserve compensation for the failed roll-out of AP Levels 6&7

Further, the total amount of the college’s offer actually decreased—from $54.6 million over four years to $48.6 million. In exchange for this, they offered to remove the conditions on the second biennium and work toward PT faculty pay parity. 

If you are feeling frustrated, angry, unheard, or exhausted by this drawn-out bargaining process, please join us for progressive picketing THURSDAY, Nov. 21. We are offering opportunities across the district for you to show your support for the bargaining team and demand a fair contract. 

The bargaining teams will convene again Friday afternoon. You can sign up to observe here

Please be in touch with any questions or feedback.

Progressive Picketing, Thursday Nov. 21

HELP US GET A SETTLEMENT NOW!  Please join both Federations for PROGRESSIVE PICKETING on Thursday, November 21, culminating in a strong presence at the PCC Board of Directors Meeting at Rock Creek campus. We will have opportunities to participate at every campus, plus Portland Metro Workforce Training Center. A schedule of events is below – we encourage you all to join us for the whole day or whenever you are able! RSVP here

  • 10:00 Meet at Southeast campus, Great Hall for rally/picket 
  • 11:05 Depart Southeast on the shuttle bus → Portland Metro Worksource Center (PMWC)
  • 11:20 Arrive PMWC, brief rally then back on the bus → Cascade
  • 11:30 Arrive Cascade for rally/picketing/lunch
  • 12:55 Depart Cascade on the shuttle bus→ Sylvania
  • 1:20 Arrive Sylvania for rally/picket
  • 3:00 Depart Sylvania on the shuttle bus→ Rock Creek for rally/picket
  • 3:15 Arrive Rock Creek for rally/picket
  • 5:30 Dinner provided at Rock Creek (TLC) 
  • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • 8:15 (est.) adjournment, special shuttle bus return to Southeast campus

At each stop, we will join members from that campus. Signs and chants will be provided as we march through campus demanding a fair contract. 

If you are interested in testifying, see here for some tips on effective testifying. And if you can’t make it to any of the picketing, be sure to wear your union blue on Thursday, November 21.

Bargaining Update #21

This is a brief update on bargaining and more importantly, A PLEA FOR EVERY MEMBER TO SHOW UP THIS THURSDAY, NOV. 21 FOR A FAIR CONTRACT!

First, the update: The two Federations exchanged proposals on Friday and we felt that good progress was made. Admin has been slowly increasing their COLA offer, and FFAP has been working on a phase-in option for some of our priorities. We have closed the gap from $40 million to less than $10 million between the two sides over four years. However, when it came time to schedule another meeting the admin team hedged. “What’s the point of another meeting?” they asked, while claiming that they have no more resources to offer. The Federations insisted that we should keep up the momentum, and we convinced them to schedule the next bargaining session for Friday Nov 22, 1pm to 5pm, CLIMB and Friday Dec 6, 1pm to 5pm, CLIMB. (Sign up to observe here.)

Note that if either side feels that progress is not being made, they can request a mediator at this point in bargaining. You can see here for more information on mediation, but the upshot is that mediation may or may not work to our advantage. And it will certainly slow down the process. At this rate, we won’t receive back pay until well into winter term.​ We’d prefer to get a contract done now, and we think we can, with your help! 

Progressive Picketing, Thursday Nov. 21

HELP US GET A SETTLEMENT NOW!  Please join both Federations for PROGRESSIVE PICKETING on Thursday, November 21, culminating in a strong presence at the PCC Board of Directors Meeting at Rock Creek campus. We will have opportunities to participate at every campus, plus Portland Metro Workforce Training Center. A schedule of events is below – we encourage you all to join us for the whole day or whenever you are able! RSVP here

  • 10:00 Meet at Southeast campus, Great Hall for rally/picket 
  • 11:05 Depart Southeast on the shuttle bus → Portland Metro Worksource Center (PMWC)
  • 11:20 Arrive PMWC, brief rally then back on the bus → Cascade
  • 11:30 Arrive Cascade for rally/picketing/lunch
  • 12:55 Depart Cascade on the shuttle bus→ Sylvania
  • 1:20 Arrive Sylvania for rally/picket
  • 3:00 Depart Sylvania on the shuttle bus→ Rock Creek for rally/picket
  • 3:15 Arrive Rock Creek for rally/picket
  • 5:30 Dinner provided at Rock Creek (TLC) 
  • 6:30 Board Meeting
  • 8:15 (est.) adjournment, special shuttle bus return to Southeast campus

At each stop, we will join members from that campus. Signs and chants will be provided as we march through campus demanding a fair contract. 

If you are interested in testifying, see here for some tips on effective testifying. And if you can’t make it to any of the picketing, be sure to wear your union blue on Thursday, November 21.

Tips for Effective Public Testimony

Are you considering testifying at a PCC Board of Directors meeting? Here are some tips for effectively communicating your message:

  • Hone your message. Testimony is limited to 2 minutes.
  • Introduce your self, and state your purpose. Example: My name is John Doe. I am a part-time biology instructor and I am here to ask you to support a fair contract.
  • Share your personal story. Example: My rent has increased by 50% in the last four years. I now work three jobs spend an average of 2 hours per day commuting between them.
  • Bridge to larger goals. Example: PCC relies heavily on part-time instructors who teach the majority of courses. We are on the front lines of providing equitable student success, and we can’t be effective if we are sleep-deprived, unable to afford housing, medical care, and other basic necessities.
  • Specific Ask: Please invest in part-time faculty with pay parity and a meaningful COLA.




Bargaining Update #20

On November 12, a workgroup consisting of FFAP and FCE bargaining team members and PCC administrators met for the third time. (Background on the workgroup can be found here.) Unfortunately, the workgroup did not result in much movement on either side. We return to the bargaining table this Friday, November 15. 

The main accomplishment of the group was the creation of a tool that allows us to cost out various scenarios in real time, as opposed to past practice in which entire bargaining sessions have been spent going back and forth over the cost of a proposal. We had hoped to use this tool to brainstorm different scenarios with the administrative team, and to that end the two federations produced several reasonable scenarios for funding all of our priorities—from a catch-up COLA to part time faculty pay equity to resolving the AP 6&7 debacle, to name just a few. (See here for a complete list.) By contrast, the administration presented only one scenario for modest COLAs over four years, and refused to entertain any scenario that was outside the bounds of what they deemed “reasonable.” 

We would love to pack the bargaining room with observers on Friday—admin needs to see our enthusiasm and our resolve to hold out for a fair contract. Sign up here to attend! Also, be sure to attend an upcoming campus meeting and have all your burning questions about bargaining answered by Federation leaders. 

Fall 2019 Campus meetings

Campus meetings are a great opportunity to ask questions about bargaining. Come have some lunch, socialize, and hear about the latest developments. All meetings take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the following dates across campuses/centers:

  • Nov 13 Sylvania (SY TCB 217)
  • Nov 14 Cascade (CA JH 107)
  • Nov 15 CLIMB (CLIMB 105/106)
  • Nov 18 Southeast (SE Tabor 137)
  • Nov 19 Downtown Center (Rose Room)
  • Nov 21 Rock Creek (RC 3/100
  • Dec 3 Willow Creek Center (NOTE: date changed from Nov. 12)

Bargaining Update 19

On Tuesday November 5, FFAP and FCE bargaining team members presented PCC administration with a spreadsheet that tallies the cost of various economic packages. This gives us tools to tinker with adjustments to the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), or analyze frontloading costs versus phasing in changes in over two or four years. Now we can explore flexible ways of funding the Federations’ priorities. Because it’s an informal work group (as opposed to formal bargaining), neither side is making proposals or commitments. The plan is to agree broadly on how much things might cost, perhaps develop a couple of scenarios for funding an economic package, then return to the bargaining table on November 15 to exchange formal proposals.

The administration once again asked the federations to identify our priorities, and we responded as we have each time they have asked: Everything is our priority. We want a meaningful COLA for all members, pay equity for part time faculty, a new top step for full time faculty, a resolution to the AP Levels 6&7 debacle, as well as steps and COLA for our Classified colleagues, and a handful of lower-cost but critically important items. (See here for a complete list.)

The federations are open to creative ways of structuring the deal. But we can’t accept the status quo where our members continue losing ground in this economy.

The work group will meet one more time next Tuesday. Please stay tuned for ways you can support the bargaining team as they return to the table on November 15 from 9am-noon at CLIMB. You can sign up to observe here.

Thank you for the support and please reach out with questions or feedback.