2019 FFAP Elections

Below are candidate statements for the positions up for election to serve on the Faculty and Academic Professionals PCCFFAP Executive Council for 2019-2021. Successful candidates will begin their two-year term of service on July 1, 2019. These candidate names will be on the ballot.

The PCCFFAP Executive Council recommends a revision of the PCCFFAP Constitution and Bylaws with updating to current practices and language use. The vote on the revision will also be on the ballot.

Ballots will be mailed Friday, May 10th to addresses on record. They must be returned either in person at the PCCFFAP office at Sylvania campus (ST 01) or by mail using the self-addressed envelope by Thursday, May 30th.

The following positions are still being actively recruited for and can be filled with approval by the Executive Council:

  • Campus Representative for Rock Creek – Full Time Faculty
  • Campus Representative for Southeast – Full Time Faculty
  • Campus Representative for Southeast – Academic Professionals
  • Campus Representative for Cascade – Full Time Faculty
  • Nominations and Elections Officer

We are still recruiting for these positions. If you are interested in learning more about these positions or suggesting a colleague to serve, please contact Frank Goulard or get in touch with one of your campus representatives.


Candidate statements

Executive Vice President

Matt Stockton

I would be honored to continue serving as Executive Vice-President for PCCFFAP.  My experiences at PCC over the past 18 years as Philosophy faculty (part-time & full-time), SAC Chair, Department Chair (SY: PHL/PSY), Executive Council Vice-President, and bargaining team member have afforded me the wealth of experience necessary to understand what the College does well, what it doesn’t, and how it might be improved.  From these insights I believe I’m well positioned to effectively contribute to outcomes that better serve students, the Federation, and PCC. Please feel free to contact me directly (matt.stockton@pccffap.org) if you are ever interested in sharing your own ideas and concerns. Thank you for your consideration and passionate work.

Treasurer

Michele Marden

I have been honored to serve as the Treasurer for our union since 2013. The Supreme Court decision (Janus vs AFSCME) had the potential to financially decimate unions. FFAP did have a significant loss from losing “fair share” dues this academic year. Fair Share fee is the amount of money non-union employees used to pay to cover the cost of collective bargaining for an employee class. Fortunately, because of you and your continued support, the loss hasn’t been as bad as projected and FFAP is stable in the short-term. THANK YOU! With your vote, I look forward to continuing in this role and helping our union remain fiscally strong.

Vice President for Grievance and Contract Administration – Full Time Faculty

Emiliano Vega

Serving as your FT Grievance Officer has allowed me to meet, listen and learn more about our members than I could have imagined. I appreciate more every day the work our members do year after year. Being your FT Grievance Officer has also allowed me to represent and support members during their challenges and struggles. This has made, and continues to make our union stronger. I look forward to strengthening our union in the years to come. I look forward to strengthening my relations and outreach to all members (faculty and AP). I hope to continue to represent you as your FT Grievance Officer.

Vice President for Grievance and Contract Administration – Part Time Faculty

Shirlee Geiger

I ask for your vote as Grievance/Contract Administration Officer for the Majority Faculty (aka “part-time” instructors.)

I have served in this role since Fall 2015, and continue to learn and grow in the role. I serve as the first point of contact for a “part-time” instructor who is facing possible disciplinary action OR who feels they have been treated unfairly and seeks a remedy. My task is to help you understand the process and have someone on your side in any struggle with PCC administration.

Additionally, I served on the bargaining team in 2017 for the wage and benefit reopener, and am serving on the bargaining team for the 2019 renegotiation of the entire contract. I am working toward the ideal of one pay scale for ALL instructors, so we all get equal pay for equal work. I continue to believe this is achievable, if we all work together.

I believe there is no answer to the current plague of income inequality without a vibrant and high functioning labor movement. I am working as hard as I can to be part of this movement at PCC. Please vote for me, so I can continue in this meaningful role.

Vice President for Political and Legislative Action

Ira Erbs

I am honored to be nominated by Jaime Rodriguez for this position.

I have been a member of AFT PCCFFAP for 7 years and a Union member for 36. I have attended both the Washington Education Association State, the National NEA and AFT-Oregon Conventions. I have also worked as a Member of the Southwest Washington Labor Council, and a Precinct Committee Person for my District in Multnomah County for a number of years. I represent the Evergreen Education Association on the Jobs with Justice Board. I previously taught Government and have been a member of the Political and Legislative Action Committee for two years. I believe that I will be a strong advocate for PCC in each of my above positions and in our community. I appreciate your support.

Oversight and Bylaws Officer

Sylvia Gray

I became interested in this position simply because I facilitated the rewrite of the Federation Constitution and Bylaws as well as the new Executive Council Policies Handbook (ECPH). Having delved into the issues and topics, I became more appreciative of the complexities involved in running a healthy organization. In the process we tried through many discussions, both in the ad hoc Constitution and Bylaws Revision Committee and with the Executive Council, to address various outstanding issues and challenges as we worked through the revision process. I would like to continue to serve on the Executive Council in this newly developed capacity.

Alyssa M. Hanson-Eggebrecht

Hello PCCFFAP members! My name is Alyssa Eggebrecht and I am asking for your vote for the Oversight and Bylaws Officer. My work at PCC as an AP is in the role of Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. I also serve on the Grievance Committee and attend regular Contract Administration Meetings. I enjoy reading topics in educational research and articles discussing current successes and challenges in higher education. I keep current with federal and state regulations that affect education and communities. Therefore with my experience and knowledge, I have the ability to perform the functions of Oversight and Bylaws Officer – most importantly supporting the work of diverse members of a committee that oversee and review the effectiveness of our Federation on behalf of all PCCFAPs.

Campus Representative for Rock Creek – Part-Time Faculty

Pam Beaty

I have had the privilege of serving as the part time faculty representative for Rock Creek for the past two years and have enjoyed meeting many of my colleagues and learning about their experiences teaching at Rock Creek. I have become very interested in the area of faculty safety and protecting and expanding the rights of our part time faculty, and have worked with our contract negotiation team to craft language for our next contract that will make our faculty safer. My goal is to help shift the conversation to more respect for part time faculty. In the meantime, I hope to meet many more of my colleagues, especially new faculty, and make sure they know about our union and their rights.

Campus Representative for Rock Creek – Academic Professionals

Patricia Kepler

My name is Patricia Kepler and I have been working as an AP for PCC for almost  two years and was part of the Faculty Diversity Internship Program in 2014. Prior to coming to PCC I served as community liaison for a local nonprofit, representing our organization  with city, county and state agencies. I have received two Governor appointments to state Commissions and most recently graduated from the Oregon Labor candidate School.

I am new to union membership, but I am a skilled advocate who believes everybody deserves representation. I have earned my master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and  have completed coursework, but still working on my dissertation in Public Policy. The advancement of social change is my passion and I am eager to take an active role in developing a more inclusive work environment at PCC.

Nicole Shappart

Dear Fellow Colleagues, I deeply believe in equitable student success.  I further believe that students are only as successful as the faculty and academic professionals (AP) that surround them.  I believe the union supports an AP’s success by improving work conditions and unifying our voice. As the RC AP representative, I will support your success by making certain that you are heard and remain connected to and informed by the FFAP.  

Previous volunteer leadership roles include:

  • Two years on the Board of Directors for a professional development organization (Oregon Women in Higher Education)
  • Staff Senator, a governance role, at Pacific University

I am proud of my AP Colleagues.  I appreciate your vote.

Nicole Shappart, M.Ed.
Academic Advising Specialist

Campus Representative for Southeast – Part-Time Faculty

Kris Fink

I have spent eighteen years teaching at PCC under the label of “part-time faculty.” Serving on the Executive Council the last several years has allowed me to voice my advocacy for and commitment to fighting for equity and job security for contingent faculty. Through my work with the Executive Council and engagement with contract negotiations, I will continue to press for pro-rata pay, and the recognition, respect, and security that contingent faculty at the college deserve.  I also initiated PCC’s first Campus Equity Event week which will hopefully remain a semi-annual celebration of the work contingent faculty do across the college.

Affected by Layoffs or Closures? Wear Blue to the PCC Board Meeting!

Fellow Members,

Have you been affected by PCC Administration’s latest layoff notices or program closures? How has your students’ success been impacted? Your Federation urges all members to wear blue this Thursday evening at the PCC Board meeting. You can also sign up to speak at the meeting if you choose.

The uncertainty that has been placed on many of us is a huge distraction from our teaching or academic jobs. Instead of focusing on student issues, we are forced to begin searching for new employment and perhaps new healthcare providers. Many of us have decades of experience and will have to battle rampant age discrimination to find new work. It will require our full and immediate attention to replace the pending loss of income. Our focus will invariably shift away from student success.

Meanwhile the academic paths to student success have been obliterated without a plan in place to replace them. If a bridge needed to be updated, should it be blown up before the replacement plans have even been begun? Administration says they will map the student paths soon but they want to minimize the involvement of the existing experts in the field.

Please join us to tell the PCC Board how Administration’s decisions are affecting your students’ success. Wear blue and stay as long as you can! You can optionally sign up to speak at the end of the meeting. Testimony is limited to two minutes and we encourage you to focus comments on your own perspective and experience.

While the Board cannot change Administration’s policies, key PCC administrators and President Mark Mitsui will also be in attendance. It’s important that they see our support for our fellow members, especially as the difficult financial portion of bargaining negotiations is about to begin.  

PCC Board Meeting (agenda)
Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm
PCC Sylvania campus, Room CC 233A & B

I hope to see you there in blue!

In Solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
PCC CAWT Faculty
PCCFFAP Vice President for Part-Time Faculty at Sylvania

CAWT Program Closure

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

On February 8, PCC administration announced plans to close the Computer Applications and Web Technologies (CAWT) program. This decision leads to the potential lay off up to 14 full time (FT) faculty and 61 part time (PT) faculty, not to mention causing stress and uncertainty for many other programs that include CAWT courses as part of their degree and certificate requirements.

This decision was made at the highest levels of the college, behind closed doors, without the knowledge of or input from faculty, students, or union leadership.

In an email to the PCC community, Vice President of Academic Affairs Katy Ho said the decision was based on “thoughtful recommendation” from college leaders, that it comes with a “strong recognition” that the college needs to continue teaching computer literacy and software applications, and that next steps “are being determined.” Incredibly, she even cited the college’s commitment to YESS.

In notifying PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (FFAP) representatives just prior to the announcement, administration stated they would hold a meeting with the department’s FT faculty but admitted they had no plan to communicate the decision to the affected PT faculty, with one administrator saying “I’m sure they’ll hear about it,” presumably from the FT faculty. When asked if there would be an opportunity to transfer current, qualified instructors to the new program, administration refused to commit to any accommodations, saying “The only decision that has been made is program closure.”

The decision-making process and the lack of care taken in the roll-out makes a mockery of the institution’s mission professing a “collaboration culture,” not to mention the value statement that cites “collaboration predicated upon a foundation of mutual trust and support.”

The upshot for administration is that they can now potentially redesign the CAWT program free from consideration of the people and the livelihoods who will be affected by the changes, free from the decades of expertise and on-the-ground teaching experience of existing faculty. They can pick and choose which (if any) of them gets jobs in the reimagined program, without factoring in seniority, assignment rights, or Multi-Year Contract-holder status.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

If the PCC administration can eliminate a successful program, and then resurrect it with entirely new faculty of their choosing, it sets an alarming precedent. For that reason, I hope you will stand in solidarity with our CAWT colleagues to tell the PCC administration and the Board of Directors that this is unacceptable.

Please come to the PCC Board Meeting on Thursday April 18, 6:30pm, at Sylvania. I will be there along with several faculty and Federation leaders. Let’s tell the college to live up to its mission and values of collaboration, reverse the decision to close the program, and engage with current faculty to redesign the program to better meet the needs of students.

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard
PCCFFAP President

Goodbye and Thanks to Linda Blanchette

Linda Blanchette, former Director of Professional and Organizational Development (POD), is no longer employed by PCC. Her position was eliminated in a recent reorganization, and her last day at work was March 28th, 2018. Since this decision was not announced by administration, we thought you’d like to know and also take this opportunity to thank Linda for her many years of service to FFAP members.

Linda started her employment at PCC as an AP and was represented by our Federation. In 2007, she moved into a management position as Director of POD, where she oversaw training and development programs that greatly benefited so many FFAP members. She started the AP Institute, which is the first (and so far only) professional-development experience for all APs. She was a tireless advocate for the development of all employees at PCC, and we will miss her.

If you would like to write a short note of thanks to Linda, please do so below.

We, the members of PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, thank Linda for her dedication, her hard work, and her service over many years at PCC.

Fair winds and following seas, Linda!

Know Your Rights! Discipline for Faculty and Academic Professionals

For the vast majority of employees at PCC, discipline is an issue that never comes up. But what if you suddenly find yourself under the microscope? What if your supervisor asks you to attend a meeting and you get the feeling you could be “in trouble”?

Disciplinary procedures are governed by Article 22 of our contract. There are three key provisions in Article 22:

  1. “Just cause” is the only reason for discipline to be imposed;
  2. Discipline must be progressive, meaning that (depending on the severity of the conduct) an employee gets a chance to correct behaviors before more severe sanctions are imposed;
  3. Discipline is limited to FOUR, and only four, sanctions upon the employee:
    1. Written warning;
    2. Disciplinary probation (doesn’t apply to PT faculty);
    3. Suspension without pay (doesn’t apply to PT faculty without assignment rights);
    4. Dismissal.

You have a right, under a provision in law known as Weingarten rights, to have a union representative present whenever any aspect of the discussion could lead to discipline. A standard reply you can give under Weingarten is:

“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion.”

The PCC administration maintains that a manager, in consultation with HR, can decide independently whether any action, such as an MOE, is disciplinary, and as long as that action is not specifically called out in Article 22, then you have no right to representation during any conversation about your employment or working conditions. We disagree!

Note that the scope of your Weingarten rights is broad: you have a right to have a union rep present if the conversation could in any way lead to discipline OR lead to a change in your working conditions.

What we’ve noticed over the years is that HR seems to be running a shadow disciplinary system which relies on the MOE. As long as it’s “just an MOE,” they are effectively saying, then “whatever we do is NOT disciplinary and the union has no right to be involved.” But if you’ve ever been subjected to the MOE process at PCC, you’ve probably felt it was pretty punitive. And if an MOE says that it could serve as the basis for future discipline, then that MOE, we contend, *is* disciplinary, in which case you have a right to union representation during any part of the process.

Here are some rules of thumb:

  • If you have a good relationship with your supervisor and you feel comfortable talking about your work, then you probably have nothing to worry about.
  • But if you are having a conversation with a supervisor and you feel the conversation is starting to stray into uncomfortable territory—especially about things you are doing that are unsatisfactory (or you are NOT doing what you’re supposed to be doing) and what might happen if you don’t correct your behavior—then you should stop the conversation and say you’ll resume the conversation once your union rep is present.
  • Your supervisor can always spell out expectations, but when things start to feel “formal,” consider invoking your Weingarten rights—especially if the magic words “Memorandum of Expectations” are communicated at any point.
  • You CANNOT be disciplined for invoking your Weingarten rights or any union rights. These rights are protected under the law, and the employer will get in serious trouble for stopping you from exercising them.

One reason we’re so concerned about the MOE “shadow disciplinary process” at PCC is that MOEs have been used in place of the disciplinary process that the PCC administration agreed to follow, and just because an employee was given an MOE, this did NOT stop the employee from being dismissed (fired). We have a case going to arbitration soon that will make this very point—that PCC administration did NOT follow the disciplinary process; they moved from an MOE directly to dismissal, without establishing just cause and without following progressive discipline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact anyone on your Executive Council or give your Federation office a call at x4178 or x4180.

Fall 2017 Membership Meetings

Please join us at the Fall Membership Meetings. All of the meetings are from 12 to 1 PM.

  • 10/17/17 Tuesday Willow Creek #107
  • 10/19/17 Thursday Cascade Student Union 203/204
  • 10/23/17 Monday SE Campus Community Hall
  • 10/24/17 Tuesday Rock Creek TLC Building 7 #116
  • 10/26/17 Thursday Metro Building 2
  • 10/30/17 Monday Sylvania ST 108
  • 11/1/17 Wednesday Downtown Rose Room
  • 11/3/17 Friday CLIMB #306

Agenda

  • Contract Details and Update
  • Faculty/AP and Classified Breakout Sessions
  • Your Questions and Issues
  • Hot Lunch at each meeting

Click the link below for the brochure.

Member Fall 2017 Meetings

Final Note on Bargaining

President's MessageDear Colleagues:

I wanted to send a quick note to let everyone know that the PCC Board of Directors ratified the Tentative Agreement of our wages and benefits reopener at their September 21 meeting. (For a summary of changes for Fall 2017 to Summer 2019, click here.) While we didn’t get everything we were hoping for, we are confident that we can build on some of the wins in this agreement to continue our push for better pay and working conditions across employee classes. It’s time to start planning for 2019!

I’d like to thank the 100+ people who attended the bargaining sessions. It was somewhat of a new process for the federation, and one that paid off enormously as the administration could see that we were organized, unified, and ready to stand up and fight for a fair and reasonable settlement.

Lastly, keep an eye out for upcoming campus and center meetings. We’ll be meeting at the four campuses, along with Willow Creek, Metro, Downtown Center, and CLIMB, between October 17 and November 3. I hope to see many of you there and to hear from you about the issues most important to you.

Wishing everyone a happy and productive fall term.

In solidarity,

Frank Goulard, PCCFFAP President
frank.goulard@pccffap.org

A Tentative Agreement — with Real Gains

President's MessageColleagues,

After more than five months of negotiating, the PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professional​s (PCCFFAP) and PCC Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE) joint bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the PCC Administration team at 8pm on Friday, September 15th.  This agreement is for the two-year reopener for wages and benefits from summer 2017 to summer 2019 for our collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The budgetary challenges were great. The state is funding community colleges at a meager 1.8% annual increase for the upcoming two years​ while PERS employer rates are increasing at double-digit amounts for the upcoming several biennia.

We didn’t get everything we wanted. Yet, with your support–we had over fifty members of the two unions observe negotiating sessions over the summer–and the hard work of our negotiating team, we made important gains towards equity of pay for employees–and towards greater stability for many of our most vulnerable members.  And some of the provisions I detail below truly are stepping stones to accomplish more in the next negotiations in 2019.

The short story: we fought and won

  • a COLA for all employees each year;
  • new top steps for APs and PT Faculty;
  • greater support for PT Faculty participation in the essential work of running the college;
  • increased funding towards health insurance caps.

Again, it’s not everything we want–or everything we deserve. But given the conditions, we believe it’s a fair settlement.

Below, I’ve broken down each of the major changes. For now, I offer a huge thanks to our negotiating team. When you see them or if you wish to email them, please do extend your thanks for their dedicated and passionate work! The FFAP team included Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Shirlee Geiger, and Frank Goulard. The FCE team included Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas Anderson, and Elisabeth Garcia Davidson. We also thank federation support staff Michael Cannarella, who will be retiring soon. On the administration team were Lisa Bledsoe, Cheryl Belt, Jim Langstraat, Eric Blumenthal, Jessica Howard, and Kurt Simonds.

And again, thank you to our more than fifty members who, for the first time, actively played a part in each session to make this new contract. Their support was truly transformational for our union.

The Changes

COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment):

These adjustments are in addition to the regular step increases for all members who are on steps.

For FT Faculty, AP, and Classified:

  • 1.25% first year (2017-18)
  • 2% second year (2018-19)

For PT Faculty:

  • 2% first year
  • 2% second year

NOTE: With all of the above groups of our employees, along with all administration employees, there is a 1% rollback each year (2017-18, 2018-19) in our salary schedules, for a total of 2% rollback over the next two years.

Why? In PCC’s 2013 negotiations, in addition to our COLAs and steps, we had agreed to accept an additional 1% COLA to our salary schedules for each of the following four years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) due to the Oregon Legislature passing into law PERS retiree cuts. Those retiree cuts increased available state dollars to community colleges. We also agreed at the time, that if this legislation was overturned by legal challenges, that we would take a reduction of 1% for the next full biennium. Soon thereafter, the Oregon Supreme Court did rule to overturn the legislation, thereby restoring retiree benefits. Therefore that triggered the aforementioned 1%/year rollback to our salary schedules, slated for the 2017-2019 biennium. So we are now rolling back that additional 1% that we had gained in 2013.

New Top Steps

For APs and Classified, a new top step (in addition to deleting Step 1). The new top step will be phased in over two years for APs in October 2017 (a half-step 1.75% increase) and October 2018 (the remaining half-step increase of another 1.75%)

For Classified in July 2017 (retroactive, a half-step 1.5% increase) and July 2018 (the remaining half-step increase of another 1.5%).​

For PT faculty, two new top steps. This moves their existing 9-step salary schedule closer to the 17-step FT faculty salary schedule. This is one of the most monumental changes in our contract. Along with these two new steps is an agreement for a joint faculty and administration task force to begin work in Fall 2017 to thoroughly analyze PT faculty work and compensation with an eye towards equity with FT faculty. This will be done in advance of the next contract negotiations, which will start January 2019.

For now, a new step 10 will be in effect in October 2017. Those PT faculty who have taught 3200-3599 hours will be placed on step 10. Then in October 2018, those who have taught at least 3600 hours will be placed at step 11. These steps, like the FT faculty steps, are 3.5% apart.​

Faculty Department Chairs in CTE and Counseling programs will receive additional points in their calculation to determine release and stipend. This should result in most chairs receiving additional release to meet the growing  demands of their programs and students.

PT faculty pay for essential college meetings, including SAC inservice day and other SAC meetings​, will double. They had been paid stipends of $25 for up to two hours, $50 for over 2 hours and up to 4 hours, and $100 for over 4 hours and up to 8 hours. This was roughly $12.50/hr, not even including the preparation or travel time for these meetings–and would soon fall short of Portland minimum wage.

We made the case for our professional PT faculty to be paid at a more professional wage. Now the stipends will be:

  • $50 for up to 2 hours
  • $75 for up to 3 hours
  • $100 for up to 4 hours
  • $150 for up to 6 hours
  • $200 for up to 8 hours
As before, a PT faculty member must make sure with their dean, chair, TLC director, or SAC chair that a particular meeting is pre-approved for this pay.

The college cap contribution towards the health insurance premium for FT employees will increase about 3.5% each year, depending on the choice of self only, self plus spouse/partner, self plus child(ren), or family coverage. That is closely in line with the rise in PCC’s Kaiser and Moda group plan costs.

The college cap contribution towards the health insurance premium for PT faculty remains at 65% of the FT self-only cap. It will likely increase from $474.50/mo to almost $490/mo​. But we were able to garner some extra financial assistance for PT faculty who select self plus spouse/partner (or children), or self plus family. For those two group selections, instead of a $490/mo cap, it will be about a $640 cap and $790 cap, respectively.

There will be an increase to the PCCFFAP Health Insurance Trust from $36,000/yr to $40,000/yr. This is the fund that helps PT faculty who do not qualify for PCC health insurance and pay their own full premiums on the marketplace. This pays out about $100/mo to those eligible PT faculty who apply.

Classified will now have a markedly better PCC early retirement program. The eligible ages will now match the FT faculty and AP ages of 58 to 65. Classified will have a choice between a stipend or support on health insurance premiums, for 4 years or until age 65, whichever comes first. This was a big step for Classified to finally begin to have a similar early retirement program as FT faculty and AP.

Next Steps

Because this is a wage re-opener and not the full contract negotiation, there is no vote by membership necessary. The PCC Board takes the next step of a ratification vote on the reopener this Thursday Sept 21, 7:30pm, at their monthly meeting at Rock Creek. After that approval, the reopener provisions will take effect October 1, 2017, with the CBA’s end date of June 30, 2019 for Classified and August 31, 2019 for Faculty and APs.

As many of you have heard me say before, you start negotiating your next contract the minute your last one is signed. Please, let me–and all of our Executive Council members–know what you think about this settlement. We are already gathering ideas for the next negotiation.

Take care,

Frank

Frank Goulard
President, PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals​

Can you help by attending a bargaining session on Monday 9/11 or Wednesday 9/13?

Colleagues,

Our negotiations with the administration team since Spring have been based on two principles:

  • Portland Community College employees should be able to afford to live in Portland and the Portland Metro area.
  • PCC should compensate employees with equal pay for equal work.

Neither of these principles is complicated or hard to understand. But neither can be achieved in just one bargaining cycle. We will need to come back over and over, to insist on these basic values.

We have two negotiations sessions scheduled next week: Monday, September 11 (9am-2pm) and Wednesday, September 13 (9am-12pm). We continue to need to make some progress on these priorities. The most important thing you can do is attend one, or both, of next week’s sessions and help us move towards an agreement. Your attendance shows the administration that these basic values matter, and that PCC employees care about one another. If so, sign up to attend the next meetings at the CLIMB Center.

In this cycle, we asked for a 4% cost of living increase — modest compared to what is needed in the Portland area according to this research.  The administration team has so far refused to offer any cost of living increase, instead talking about a 1% one-time lump sum payment. Obviously, the size of the offered payment is a problem, but the deeper issue is that a one-time payment does nothing to meet the basic principle. Workers should be able to afford to live where they work. The cost of living in Portland is on a steep increase with no sign of leveling off anytime soon, driven by rising housing costs!

After surveying you to gather our FCE and FFAP members’ concerns, we focused on two inequities in this cycle — underpayment to “part-time” faculty and disparities in the retirement programs for classified staff as compared to full-time faculty and academic professionals. (To see how steep the pay inequities are for instructors, go here.). While the administration team has so far been willing to talk about these issues, our members need more than talk. We need at least some movement to ameliorate these longstanding inequities.

Your negotiations team appreciates how many of you have already attended sessions and engaged in this process. We need your continued engagement in this process and hope you sign up to attend bargaining sessions next week.

In solidarity,

Shirlee Geiger, Bargaining Team Member

Bargaining Update: New Proposal and New Meeting Dates

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team on August 22nd and 24th at the CLIMB Center. The Federations made an alternative proposal and the admin team has agreed to cost it out. The JBT is now hopeful that a framework for the contract can be agreed upon soon, even though we are still significantly apart in dollars.

The admin team also made some more funds available for the contract because of proposed FSLA regulations not being implemented at the Federal level.

Finally, new meeting dates were set:

  • Monday, September 11 9am-2pm
  • Wednesday, September 13 9am-pm

Interested observers are encouraged to sign up to attend the next meetings at the CLIMB Center. Observers get to provide immediate feedback to the JBT during caucuses and after the meeting. Your attendance is not only valuable as a show of solidarity, but it also helps to spread the word to your colleagues about the negotiations.

Here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session right now! (The deadline to sign up for the  September 11 meeting is Wednesday, September 6)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meetings
  4. Wear a Transparency T-shirt, available at the Federation office.
  5. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Will Mahoney-Watson
Acting FFAP VP of Communications, on behalf of your Joint Bargaining Team
(Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)