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May 2019 Endorsements

The Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) of the Portland Community College Faculty Federation and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP), AFT -OR local 2277,  recommends the following Candidates for the May 21, 2019 Special Districts election. All candidates and opponents (where there was an opponent) replied to a questionnaire provided by us. We hope that members of the PCCFFAP support these community members who share our values in collective bargaining, education and accessible opportunities for all. These are all nonpartisan positions. Please update your voter registration at www.oregonvotes.org if needed.

Portland Community College Board of Directors:

  • Michael Sonnleitner** – PCC Board of Directors – Zone 3 – Re-Elect www.zone3pcc.com
  • Alex Diaz Rios** – PCC Board of Directors – Zone 7 – Elect – Open Seat  www.alexforpcc.com

Tualatin Hills Park and Rec District Board of Directors:

Portland Public School District Board of Directors  :

Multnomah Educational Special District

  • Denyse Peterson*     – MESD Elect (appointed) –

Hillsboro School District Board of Directors

Forest Grove School District Board of Directors

*current PCCFFAP/PCCFCE member
**former member PCCFFAP/AFT OR
***current union member, Guild for Professional Pharmacists
****former union member AFSCME

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.

An Open Letter

(Photo credit Texas State Teachers Association)

To Oregon’s K-12 Educators

To our friends and colleagues:

In this moment, when educators around the country, from West Virginia to L.A. to Chicago, are leading transformative struggles for more just and equitable communities, we want to tell you this: we are moved by your courage and outrage, and we stand with you.  

We understand that for decades, all levels of public education have been under assault by the forces of austerity and privatization.  We’re inspired by educators who aren’t just trying to hold ground – to slow the decline – but who are demanding bold new visions that hold up education as a central part of a fair and democratic society.  

Many of us will be in the streets with you on May 8th.  

In solidarity!

The Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals

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

Bargaining Update #1

The March 1 bargaining session was the first time management and the federation addressed substantive issues affecting our members. (The first meeting on Feb. 1 covered bargaining ground rules, and the second on Feb. 15 was “housekeeping” or cleaning up non-controversial contract language.)  Unless noted, no agreements were reached and the discussion will continue at a later date. 

  • Article 25.20 – Management sought clarification on the grievance timelines. After some discussion, all parties agreed to come back to the issue at a later date.
  • Article 19.82 – Regarding closures for inclement weather, FFAP wants to change the contract language to require APs to make up the work as opposed to the time lost due to closures. As exempt employees, AP work should not be bound to a fixed schedule. Management was open to changing the language and we will return to the issue in a subsequent meeting.
  • Article 18.22 – FFAP asks that APs who become PT Faculty be placed on Step 9, which is consistent with existing practice for FT Faculty who transition to PT. Because of the potential economic impact on the college, both parties agreed to table the discussion until economic issues are addressed over the summer.
  • Article 18.94 – FFAP asks that PT counselors, librarians, and tutors be paid for their scheduled hours during closures. Management’s concern is that because their work is bound to the worksite, they would then be getting paid for not working. FFAP agreed to follow up with affected employees to see if working off site was a possibility, but regardless feel that these employees should be paid during closures. Will return to the issue when economic issues are discussed.
  • Article 5.42 FFAP seeks clearer language around PT faculty, including those who live out of the Portland area and teach online, to determine if attending staff meetings virtually will meet the requirements outlined in Article 5.42. Everyone agrees this is part of a larger discussion around faculty who do not live in the Portland metro area, but FFAP would like to protect employees with this arrangement in the meantime, since the requirement is unclear, not tracked and only sporadically enforced.  No agreement was reached but we will return to the issue.
  • Article 6.6 FFAP would like to create and/or improve language on Faculty Department Chair training, onboarding, and performance assessment. This issue affects PT faculty since the FDCs control so much around class assignments and scheduling. We talked about creating a separate committee to make recommendations.

Questions? Feedback? Contact the Bargaining team!

Bargaining Update #2

Bargaining sessions were held on March 15, and 29. Prior to each bargaining session, management and the federation exchange a list of agenda items. The following update is organized into two categories: 1) Management agenda items, and 2) Federation agenda items. Unless noted, no agreements were reached and the discussion will continue at a later date.

1. Management Agenda Items

  • Article 4 – Employment of Part Time (PT) Faculty, specifically regarding multi-year contracts (MYC) and assignment rights (AR). At issue is whether AR-holders have a right to the next available class once the MYC threshold is met.
  • Article 5, Professional Duties. Management wants to work with the federation on enforcement of duties and responsibilities of Full time (FT) faculty, such as hours on campus, professional responsibilities.
  • Article 6.111 Work Year, management wants to adjust the language so that the work year begins with fall term and ends with summer term.  Federation agreed as long as some exceptions could be made.
  • Article 6.223 Developmental Education instructor teaching load ranges from .78 to .96, with the balance up to 1.0 being assigned in the campus or center’s tutoring center. Admin wants to make the workload equitable between DE and Comp Lit. The federation will seek feedback from affected members.
  • Article 9 Substitutes: Admin would like to stipulate that a substitute “may be authorized” for instructor absences, instead of “will be authorized.” This gives flexibility to use library assignments or D2L in lieu of substitutes.  The federation agreed to this.

2. Federation Agenda Items

  • Article 19.82 – (followup) Regarding closures for inclement weather, FFAP wants to change the contract language to require Academic Professionals (APs) to make up the work as opposed to the time lost due to closures. Management is open to changing the language and will submit proposed language to the federation in the near future.
  • Article 18.22 – (followup) Federation asks that APs who become PT Faculty be placed on Step 9, which is consistent with existing practice for FT Faculty who transition to PT. Management clarified that Step 9 placement is for overload, while a former AP who subsequently becomes FT faculty would be placed based on their number of PCC teaching hours, consistent with other PT faculty placement.
  • Article 5.42 (followup) The federation seeks clearer language around PT faculty, including those who live out of the Portland area and teach online, to determine if attending staff meetings virtually will meet the requirements outlined in Article 5.42. Everyone agrees this is part of a larger discussion around faculty who do not live in the Portland metro area, but the federation would like to protect employees with this arrangement in the meantime, since the requirement is unclear, not tracked and only sporadically enforced.  The federation suggested using telecommuting agreements, which are year-to-year at the discretion of the Dean or manager, as a compromise. There was tentative agreement as this would protect employees in the short-term. The federation agreed to draft some language. On March 29, admin was amenable to the option of remote participation or other substitute for face-to-face participation, as long as it was up to the manager’s discretion.
  • Article 6.6 (followup) The federation would like to create and/or improve language on Faculty Department Chair (FDC) training, onboarding, and performance assessment. This issue affects PT faculty since the FDCs have so much influence overclass assignments and scheduling. We talked about creating a separate committee to make recommendations. Both sides agreed to create a subcommittee with a clear charge and timeline.
  • Student Accomodations: The federation seeks clarity on the role of non-instructional staff (counselors, disability services, identity centers, etc.) with regard to student complaints against instructors. The federation recognizes and wants to preserve the rights of students, but formal complaints, even when resolved, can have a disproportionate impact on PT faculty who may not be assigned classes as a result. The federation would like to see a formal process to resolve student concerns that does not involve the Dean as an option for resolving student concerns. The federation will propose contract language.
  • There was a general discussion about MYCs and AR. Admin feels that the current system of awarding both is not sustainable. They prefer MYCs. The federation maintains that the current system is not providing PT faculty with enough job security, support, or a career ladder. We urge admin to work with us to build a better, more equitable system.
  • On March 29, the federation introduced the idea of a higher maximum PT faculty workload that could take into consideration professional development and college service. This could enable faster step movement and/or priority of class assignments.

Questions? Feedback? Contact the Bargaining team!

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

2018 Faculty and AP Picnic

Join the FUN at the Faculty & AP Picnic!

Friday, September 28th
5 PM to 7 PM

Willamette Park

(SW Macadam at SW Nebraska)

Please join us at our union’s annual back-to-school picnic this Friday, September 28, from 5-7pm at Willamette Park (near John’s Landing, just south of downtown Portland along the Willamette).

PCCFFAP will provide burgers (incl. veggie options), hot dogs, some sides and drinks, and we ask that last names A-L bring a salad/side dish to share and last names M-Z bring a dessert—a truly collaborative picnic!

Partners, children and friends are all welcome! There’s a playground at the park, and we’re right next to the river for great views and strolls.

Again, welcome back to AY 2018-19. We look forward to seeing you and socializing at our union picnic this Friday!

Questions?  Email Mary Sykora at mary.sykora@pccffap.org
or call 971-722-4722!

PCCFFAP’s Annual Labor Day Picnic 2018

Come one, come all to the annual PCCFFAP Labor Day Picnic, presented by Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC)!
Last names A-L please bring a side dish, last names M-Z please bring a dessert!

Ride bracelets, scrip for BBQ food/beverages & face painting from 10a-4p (partners & children welcome, though we kindly ask to limit group sizes to 5 – additional folks can of course purchase additional ride bracelets at the reduced price. Note that parking fills up fast, so plan accordingly!

Picnic Flyer

Oaks Park Map