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)

Bargaining Update: Late Cancellation Last Week

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) was scheduled to meet with the administration team on Friday, Aug 11th at the CLIMB Center. At 5:38pm on the 10th, we received an email from admin. They apologized for the late notice and said they had to cancel the meeting because simply put, they weren’t ready. They said they had been working on various costing options and needed more time to put together a proposal.

The JBT had to spring into action to notify all participants and observers that the meeting had been cancelled. Unfortunately, not everyone received the notifications and some observers showed up to the CLIMB Center Friday morning.

While this late cancellation caused us some undue inconvenience, we are hopeful that this is a positive sign. Admin has yet to present an official proposal, so it would be a constructive step to receive one at the next meeting, scheduled for 9am on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd.

That’s the day after the eclipse and traffic is expected to be fierce. Interested observers should plan on arriving much earlier than the normal 8:45 meeting time in case of traffic delays. The Federations will provide some breakfast munchies for the early arrivers.

Interested observers are encouraged to sign up and attend the next meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd and Thursday, Aug. 24th at 9am 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 also helps spread the word to your colleagues about negotiations.

Many of you have expressed frustration about the slow progress in bargaining this summer. While we are working hard and hoping for the best, we are also starting to plan for the possibility that the academic year will begin without a settlement. If this happens, we’ll be asking you to get more involved to help us move forward. We continue to believe that there are resources in the budget for a fair and reasonable contract.

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 Aug. 22nd meeting is Thursday, Aug. 17)
  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)

Bargaining Update: Productive Discussion

Will Mahoney-Watson, FFAP Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team on Friday, Aug 4th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to 12pm. There were no new items on the agenda.

No official proposals were offered, but there was constructive dialogue on how to achieve some of the federations’ top priorities while still meeting the college’s budget constraints. This discussion will help create concrete proposals shortly.

An additional meeting date of Thursday, August 24th from 9am to noon has been added to the schedule.

We are encouraging interested observers to attend the next meeting on Friday, August 11th at noon at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 11th meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 8)

  2. Please Button up!

  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meeting

  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 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)

Bargaining Resumes

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE Joint Bargaining Team (JBT) met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 27th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to 3pm. There were several new items on the agenda.

After some initial discussion, FFAP President Frank Goulard presented a revised proposal which would lower some costs by phasing in implementation over the next two years. The Admin team reviewed the proposal and although their cost estimates were higher, they agreed that this was a good start.

However, the estimated costs are still much higher than the $2.6M that Admin has budgeted. The JBT questioned several aspects of the budget, including higher costs for new management positions and for many contingency funds. The Admin team did not address these concerns, stating simply that the budget is designed to follow fair labor practices. Admin did express concerns about the continuing declines in enrollment and its impact on the budget. The JBT pointed out that the growth of management positions during a period of declining enrollment was running counter to national trends.

The JBT emphasized the need for compromise on both sides of the table. Frank offered another suggestion that modified the proposed costs yet still preserved Federation priorities for its members. Admin appreciated the additional dialogue and responded that they needed to speak with their folks, after which the meeting adjourned.

The JBT is hopeful that Admin will be able to increase its meager budget allotment of $2.6M. Due to a 2015 Oregon Supreme Court order reversing a 2013 Legislative PERS reduction, all employees in the bargaining unit will be receiving a 1% reduction as part of the 2017-2019 budget’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The JBT feels that Admin should be able to reallocate its priorities to assist our employees, who are already feeling the pinch of Portland’s tight housing market and other costs of living.

There was another outstanding turnout of member support, as over 20 observers showed up to watch the negotiating sessions and to engage in lively debates during the caucuses. They also enjoyed breakfast snacks and a delicious lunch. The JBT greatly values the feedback from our diverse array of members who observed!

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Friday, August 4th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the Aug. 4th meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 1)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend upcoming PCC Board Meeting
  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 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)

 

 

 

 

 

Show Your Support!

President's MessageFederation Members,

Despite the slow and disappointing progress in negotiations last Tuesday, we are more committed than ever to demonstrate our unity. Both unions, Classified and Faculty /AP, are working with our membership to achieve a fair, reasonable, and equitable contract for all PCC employees.

To highlight this unity we are asking you, as a member of our union, to print out the flyers below (from a non-PCC printer) and post them in your car window.  Feel free to make copies to give to others, but remember that posting the flyers on college property (e.g., in one’s cubicle) is not allowed. We will also have copies available if you’d like us to send them to you.  Simply contact the Federation Office at mary.sykora@pccffap.org.

Here are some additional things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! The deadline to sign up for the July 27th meeting is Monday, July 24th.  Observers who cannot stay the whole day are welcome to break at lunch or during caucus time.
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Mark the PCC Board Meeting on August 17th and September 21st on your calendar.
  4. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Your attendance as we move forward with negotiations, and your show of unity, is greatly appreciated.

In unity,

Frank Goulard
President, PCCFFAP

Flyers

Fair Pay Flyer

Solidarity Flyer

 

Bargaining Stalls

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP and FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Tuesday, July 18th at the CLIMB Center, for a scheduled meeting from 9am to noon. There were no new items on the agenda.

The Admin team asked us to prioritize our requests. Joint Federations Bargaining Team member Shirlee Geiger read this Team Statement of Priorities. After a brief caucus, the Admin team said they needed “realistic proposals” and ended the session, even after our team offered to talk about that we might be able to offer in return.

The meeting ended at that point at 9:50am, without having accomplished anything else. The Federations felt that the meeting could have continued with exchanges of proposals and productive discussions, especially since there were 20 observers who made time to attend the meeting.

The bargaining team and the 20 observers, who had made special arrangements to attend the bargaining session, were extremely disappointed that the management team walked out of the session without entertaining any proposals – or even discussing the possibility of entertaining proposals. Michael Morrow, a veteran of over 100 bargaining sessions, remarked that he had never attended a more abrupt bargaining session. Our team is ready to bargain. When will the admin team be ready?

We are encouraging observers to attend the next meeting on Thursday, July 27th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to be a visible presence and show solidarity.

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 27th meeting is Monday. July 24th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Attend the PCC Board Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday evening, July 27th at Newberg Center.
  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 VP of Communications, on behalf of your bargaining team (Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Garcia Davidson)

 

 

 

Bargaining Continues: Budget Updates and August Meeting Dates

Will Mahoney-Watson, Acting VP of Communications, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Dear Colleagues:

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Thursday, July 6th at the CLIMB Center. There were no new items on the agenda. New meeting dates were agreed upon for August 4th, 9am-noon, Aug. 11th, 12-3pm and Aug 22nd, 9am-noon.

The administration team presented revised cost estimates of the Federation proposals. Although we can quibble about the numbers, this fact remains: Admin and the Federations are far apart at this point. Admin claims that the Federations’ proposed costs are far higher than their budget will allow.

The final budget figures from the state will soon be released, and then the real negotiations can begin. The PCC Board will also decide if it’s going to roll back the proposed 2018-19 tuition increase it had previously approved.

Admin is asking us to prioritize our requests and our priority is to maximize the impact of the available dollars, while still supporting as many of the proposals as we can. The team will be meeting prior to the next session to evaluate, maximize and prioritize the impact of the proposals prior to the next negotiation session.

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team has put four main proposals on the bargaining table:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) per year for all employee classes;
  2. New top step for all employee classes (and eliminate the bottom step);
  3. Increase the number of steps (from 9 to 17) for PT faculty and increase the equivalent pay rate to 80% of FT faculty.
  4. Various reductions to out-of-pocket health insurance costs.

There are also other minor (cost-wise) proposals which we anticipate will have a high dollar to impact ratio, including expanding and extending Classified early retirement.

The Federations commended the Admin team’s decision to allow a few observers to attend the meeting, even though the number of observers had not been properly submitted in advance due to the holiday weekend.

The Administration also needs to prioritize its budget spending. It needs to remember that students come to PCC for the people, not the facilities or the managers. The instructors, advisers, counselors, public-safety officers, custodians, food service staff and many other employees are the face of PCC to the students. We need support and incentives to do our jobs well to ensure student success.

Our next negotiation session is Tuesday, July 18th at 9am at CLIMB. We need as many observers as possible to put some pressure on the Admin team!

Here are some things you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session! (The deadline to sign up for the July 18th meeting is Wed. July 12th)
  2. Please Button up!
  3. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

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

 

Bargaining continues: Admin team Presents Cost Estimates

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

Peter Seaman, AP rep on the bargaining team, guest-writes this bargaining update.

Your FFAP/FCE bargaining team met with the administration team this week on Tuesday, June 13th, at the CLIMB Center. There were two big developments at this meeting:

  1. The administration team presented cost estimates.

  2. Federation members turned out in force to support the bargaining team!

You may recall from the last bargaining update that your FFAP/FCE bargaining team had put three main proposals on the bargaining table:

  1. A 4% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) for all employee classes;

  2. New top step for all employee classes and eliminate the bottom step;

  3. Increase the number of steps for PT faculty from 9 to 17, to match FT faculty.

At the June 13th bargaining session, the administration team presented their estimate of the cost of each of these proposals, along with cost estimates for a few other proposals we had put forward (health-care cap, PT health-care fund, and classified early retirement). The admin estimates seemed high, but after some questioning they offered to share all of their spreadsheets so we can examine the formulas and data.

The administration team also shared (actually re-shared) their picture of the 2017-19 budget. What they seem to be telling us is that there is no money to fund the proposals we have put forward, but we continue to believe that the money can be found. For example, the budget shows $1.5 million for the district president’s priorities (as yet undefined) and $2 million to maintain college buildings – *above* what has been spent in the past. We believe that your pay and benefits are at least as important as the priorities that are being put forth – especially in the booming Portland economy, where the cost of living continues to skyrocket.

The most wonderful thing about bargaining on June 13th – and that word “wonderful” doesn’t often appear in the same sentence as “bargaining” – was seeing over 30 FFAP and FCE members who turned out and sat behind our team during bargaining! I know it made an impression on the admin team, who couldn’t help but noticing our strength and our resolve. I can’t tell you how much stronger I felt during bargaining, just knowing that so many colleagues were literally backing me up.

Let’s continue to turn out and put pressure on the administration for a fair settlement!

We need even more members to turn out for the next bargaining session, which will be on June 30th at 9am at CLIMB. Here are three things you can do:

  1. Please Button up!

  2. Sign up to attend the next bargaining session!

  3. Spread the word to your colleagues!

Yours in solidarity,

Peter Seaman, on behalf of your bargaining team (Frank Goulard, Allison Gross, Peter Seaman, Michael Cannarella, Shirlee Geiger, Jeff Grider, Cherie Maas-Anderson, Elisabeth Davidson)

PCC Admin Proposes Pay Reductions, COLA Freeze

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing with an update from the recent wage and benefits contract-reopener meeting. Last Friday, PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP), along with our counterparts in the Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE) presented three proposals, including:

  • A 4% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all employee classes (FT Faculty, PT Faculty, AP and Classified) in each of the next two years (2017-18 and 2018-19) This would help members who are struggling with the skyrocketing cost of housing in our district, among other things.

  • Add a new top step for all employee classes, and delete the bottom step. Approximately 25% of our members are at the top step and are no longer eligible for annual step increases. A new top step would reward these members for their many years of service.

  • Increase the number of steps for PT Faculty from nine to 17. This would increase parity for PT faculty who perform the same instructional work but are paid far less than their FT faculty counterparts. Our proposal would increase the number of hours between steps (from 400 to 500) but it would also make it possible for PT faculty who have accumulated at least 8000 contact hours at the proposed top step 17, to earn $1,500 per lecture hour. The current pay scale tops out at $970 per lecture hour..

Administration came back with a proposal of their own:

  • No COLA for any employee class; instead a 1% salary reduction.

  • The normal annual step increases for those on steps.

  • Individuals at the top step, who do not move a step anymore, would therefore receive a 1% pay reduction.

Obviously, the two sides are far apart! This is why it’s more important than ever for YOU – our members – to get active! Button up! Attend an open bargaining session! Spread the word to your colleagues! We need you to show solidarity with the bargaining team who is on the front line fighting against these unreasonable salary reductions.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the members who came to observe the bargaining session last Friday. We appreciated your thoughtful input and your presence sends a strong message to administration that we demand nothing less than a fair and reasonable contract.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

In solidarity,

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