In our last update, we shared that the Federation and PCC Administration proposals were about $23 Million apart, at $40M and $17M respectively. The Federation bargaining team arrived at last Friday’s negotiation session hoping to close that gap a little more. Instead, we learned that management was counting as part of its proposal, $7.5M in Faculty and Academic Professional step increases that are already guaranteed in the contract, and $3M in Classified steps—both of which were already accounted for in the college budget. And while both teams made minor adjustments to their proposals, we ended the meeting farther apart than where we started, with FFAP asking for a $37M settlement and admin offering $7.9M once you take out the step movement.
We continue to demand that the PCC Administration make up for years of lagging Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), implement instructional pay parity for Part Time Faculty, resolve the AP 6&7 issue, create a new top step for Full Time Faculty, and about a dozen lower-cost items.
You may have heard that classified employees at Oregon’s seven public universities just won a new two-year contract that includes full step movement (equivalent of 9.5% salary increase) plus a 5% COLA, a longevity premium of 2.5% for those at the top step and reclassification of 15 positions to higher salary ranges, among other things. After the settlement was announced, bargaining team Rob Fullmer said “When Oregon’s public employees work together and make their voices heard, we have the power to move Oregon families forward and make our state a better place.”
We couldn’t agree more. And this is why we simply cannot accept the crumbs of a 1.5% COLA (management’s most recent offer.) I’ll leave you with a few statistics about PCC:
- Since 2017, PCC has added 20 Management positions, while decreasing the number of Full Time Faculty by 17, and Part Time Faculty numbers have declined by 80. Our stats indicate no change in the number of APs but they were supplied to us by the college before last Spring’s layoffs and FTE reductions.
- Since 2008, the amount of money the college spends on Management salary and benefits have increased by 73%, while the money spent on salary and benefits for all other employee groups has increased by just 47%.
It’s long past time for PCC to get its priorities straight. Here are some things you can do to help in the next few weeks: