Last Friday, the joint bargaining team met with PCC administration from 1:00 -8:30 p.m. to try to finalize a contract settlement. The administration came up a little, the federations came down a little, but we are still several million dollars apart, and the federation bargaining team ended the night feeling that we had hit our limit. We KNOW the college has the money, and frankly, we are done whittling away at our priorities. It’s time for the administration to settle the contract—fairly, so that PCC faculty and staff can have some relief from the economic pressures of the last ten years.
The administration’s latest offer included:
- Step compression in years 2 and 4 (see here for details)
- 2.5% COLA in each of years 1, 2, 3, and 4
- PT instructional 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
- 2% lump sum payment in years 1&2 for FT Faculty and APs on the top step
- PT faculty mid-year step advancement for those within 100 hours of the next step in September.
- PT faculty sick leave: additional 40hrs may be banked for a FMLA-defined issue
- PT faculty health insurance trust fund of $40,000
- AP leave bank: hours rolled over in the bank from the previous year can be used for caregiving
- Parental leave: 4 weeks emplopyer-paid time off, employee may retain 40 hours of their own leave
- FDC compensation structure changes (see here for details)
- Maintenance of current health insurance caps
It did NOT include (and we will keep fighting!):
- New top step for FT faculty
- Redress for AP 6&7 (see here for details)
- A COLA that keeps up with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the next four years
It may seem like we are most of the way to a deal, and while that might be true, the total amount of money the administration is offering for 2019-21 is $2 million below the amount that settled the contract re-opener in 2017, when the amount of state funding for PCC was $17 million lower. We think we can successfully bargain for a combination of gains including a higher COLA, a new top step for FT Faculty, and a fair redress for APs on the issue of Levels 6&7. We hope members have our backs in this effort! Thank you and I hope to see many of you at bargaining on Friday, from 9am-2pm at CLIMB. Click here to sign up to observe. Feel free to reach out to me or any of the members of the negotiations team (names contact info here) with questions or feedback.