Executive Council Proposed Dues Restructure

PCCFFAP Executive Council is proposing that the Federation transition from the current tier-based model of calculating member dues to a percentage-based model. Currently, monthly dues are calculated based on salary range. While this has been a  common method of calculating dues, it creates inequities in that members can be on the same tier, with the same monthly dues, despite thousands of dollars’ difference in annual salary.  That’s why most unions are moving to a percentage structure for membership dues.

As a member, you have a say in our membership dues and the rules that govern our union!

Don’t miss your chance to vote on this proposal! Look for an email on May 18 with a link to your electronic ballot from our Nominations and Elections Committee chair, Julie Hastings.

A SIMPLE, NEW FORMULA

Our proposal is to implement a simple and equitable percentage structure—a flat 1.7% of a member’s gross salary, deducted monthly or biweekly depending on your pay schedule.

Sample Calculation
3,000 x 0.017 = 51
with arrow pointing to the number 3000 that says, "Check your earnings statement to find your gross pay" 

There's another arrow pointing to "51" that says "your new dues deduction per paycheck"
As is the case now, only the salary for your primary job at PCC will be used to calculate your dues deduction–i.e., not the class you are teaching on the side, your casual advising hours, or any special projects.   

This new percentage formula will increase dues revenue so our Federation can effectively represent members during this challenging time and prepare for what is sure to be a tough contract negotiation in 2023.

It will also help us recover from the impact of the Supreme Court’s assault on public sector unions in the Janus vs AFSCME decision.

This approach will mean fewer dues adjustments over time, as dues revenue will automatically increase as we bargain successfully for wage increases. Rather than voting to increase the amounts in each tier every few years, the percentage structure will be sustainable for years to come.

IF APPROVED, YOUR MONTHLY (OR BIWEEKLY) DUES DEDUCTION WILL CHANGE

For many members, the dues restructure will result in a reduction or very small (less than $2) increase in monthly dues.

All members at the top steps will see a larger increase, up to $60 for FT faculty and APs on the top step, who earn upwards of $96,000 per year but pay the same dues as a member making $50,000 per year in our current structure.

Click here for a breakdown by employee class that will give you an idea of how the proposed formula will affect your membership dues compared to the current dues structure.

SO WHY NOW?  

PCCFFAP has not raised dues in 8 years-and yet so much has changed! While our dues rates have been frozen since 2012, our need for strong representation has never been greater.

Voting YES to invest in our Federation sends a clear message to the college right now during bargaining. The enrollment decline has triggered negotiations with PCC over our wage increases for the next two years. To protect the historic gains we bargained in 2019, we need to show PCC we are united behind our Federation!

IF MEMBERSHIP APPROVES THE DUES RESTRUCTURE, OUR UNION WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Fight for a fair contract and COLAs that keep up with the cost of living.  
  • Improve equity across membership
  • Build leadership capacity 
  • Do more community outreach 
  • Be even more present for members during negotiations and between negotiation cycles
  • Increase our organizational power to counter anti-union attacks 
  • Fight against anti-employee policies/actions at PCC and support those fighting at the local, state, and national levels.

ON MAY 18 – VOTE YES FOR A STRONGER PCCFFAP!

Our Executive Council urges member to VOTE YES to move to a simplified dues formula that will strengthen our union for years to come. If this is approved, the change will take effect in Fall term 2021.

MORE REASONS TO VOTE YES!

PREPARING FOR 2023

STRENGTH BEYOND BARGAINING

TOWARDS GREATER EQUITY

HOW YOUR DUES ARE PUT TO GOOD USE