At last Friday’s negotiation session, the PCC administration continued to insist that there were no resources available for Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) above 1.5% per year over the next two years. They did, however, add $125,000 for Faculty Department Chairs and $850,000 in professional development funding to their offer.
While we agree that professional development is a vitally important investment for the college to make, we do not believe it belongs in a bargaining proposal. It is the College’s job to provide professional development opportunities, and budget accordingly. We don’t bargain to keep the lights on, after all!
Perhaps most disturbing was that the administration’s professional development offer included safety training for all college employees. Again, this is something the college should be providing as a matter of course. PCC administration seems to want us to decide: Do we want fair pay or to be safe in our jobs?
Though there is some movement at the negotiations table, it is very slow. So we are planning to stir things up a bit, along with our Classified colleagues.* Stay tuned for more news and opportunities to get involved. In the meantime, we invite you to attend a bargaining session and mark you calendars for a week of action, October 21-25. We especially hope you’ll show up in blue for the next PCC Board Meeting: Thursday October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at PCC’s Sylvania campus.
More to come.