2021 Reopener Update #10 (WE DID IT!)

Yesterday, after more than four months of a contract reopener triggered by a historic decline in enrollment, PCC administration finally relented and came to a tentative agreement with the PCC unions. To sum up the agreement, the college will honor the Cost of Living Allowances (COLAs) they agreed to in 2019: 2.5% in 2021-22 and 2.5% in 2022-23. They will do so with no phase-ins and no contingencies. This is in addition to step movement, catch-up COLAs, step compression, and other gains, which are outlined in detail here. You can read a Twitter rundown of yesterday’s bargaining session here.

In the past, contract reopeners have been relatively straightforward, and resolved after a few meetings. This year, things got complicated because administration used the enrollment decline as a rationale to roll back some of the gains we achieved in 2019. In April, their opening offer was to decrease our 2.5% COLAs by “only” 1.5% per year — which would have saved them $10 million!

As most of you know, the reopener was happening in the context of a messy staffing reorganization and an alarming surge in the number of administrative and management positions being added at the college. Currently, there are 321 management/confidential positions (257 filled / 74 vacant) at PCC, compared to 220 just four years ago. This is why we need to hold the line – to keep the College’s priorities where they belong: on student learning and supporting faculty and staff who are on the front lines.

This deal would not have been possible without the support of our members! To everyone who emailed, tweeted, called, showed up at board meetings and honked your horns at CLIMB to support our bargaining team—THANK YOU!! We are excited to carry that energy into 2023, when we will negotiate a new full contract.

The COLAs should land on our first paycheck in October, and the new pay schedules should be published on PCC’s Human Resources website by October.

Finally, we are not done yet! PCCFFAP will keep fighting for safe working conditions, a voice in the decisions that affect us, and to shift the numerous costs of remote work from faculty & staff back onto the college. We hope you will join us! There has never been a better time to get involved.