On Sept. 10, your Federation bargaining team met with administration to hear admin’s response to our monetary proposal. Keeping in mind that the state budget includes roughly $60 million more for community colleges than PCC had originally budgeted for, the Federation had proposed the following items:
- A Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) that meaningfully addresses the steep cost of living increases in the Portland metro area over the last decade
- Increasing the health insurance caps
- The elimination of levels 1&7 on the Academic Professional (AP) pay scale and then moving every AP up one level. (Background on this issue here.)
- Instructional pay parity for part-time faculty (equal pay for equal work)
- Changes to the Faculty Department Chair (FDC) compensation structure. (background here.)
- A new top step for full-time faculty, and elimination of the bottom step
Administration’s response was to ask us to come back with something reasonable.
Realizing that the Federation was not going to scale back their request, administration finally responded with a counter-proposal, which included:
- A 1% per year COLA
After hearing about PCC employees who are struggling to make ends meet, who are making wrenching compromises on everything from health care to housing and child care, PCC administration proposed a COLA that essentially allows PCC Faculty and APs to continue losing ground.
We need a strong show of solidarity in the coming weeks to show administration that our members find this unacceptable. If you agree that a 1% COLA is not enough, we need you to take action:
- Wear your union t-shirt and buttons to in-service on Sept. 16, and come to the General Membership Meeting at 11:30 in ST 100. If you need a t-shirt or button, please stop by the Federation office (SY ST 01) or email our staff organizer Mary Sykora firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come to the PCC Board Meeting on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sylvania campus. Wear your union t-shirt and buttons, and send a message to the board that we are not backing down from our goal of a fair and reasonable contract. (More details about our plan for that evening coming soon.)
- Come to the next bargaining session – September 20 from 1-4 p.m. at CLIMB. If administration won’t let everyone in the room, we’ll rally outside instead. Sign up here.