On August 7 and 8, 2014, CFE secured for its faculty who were employed as of July 1, 2013, a retroactive 1.57% COLA increase to all compensation received last year, plus a 0.85% COLA increase effective July 1, 2014. There were no changes to the 2014-2015 benefits.
(11/18/2014) What’s Happening with Negotiations?
After Union President and Chief Negotiator Dean Mancina’s retirement in late August, the CFE negotiations team reconfigured somewhat to continue on with the important work of negotiations.
Your restructured CFE Negotiations team, led by Chief Negotiator Marilyn Kennedy (Orange Coast, English), is comprised of these union/college representatives: Bob Fey (CFE Executive Director), Chris Hamilton (Golden West, Business and Law), Ann Holliday (Coastline, DSPS), Dan Johnson (Coastline, History), Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative), Rob Schneiderman (Orange Coast, Counseling), and Elizabeth Sykes (Golden West, Computing Systems).
Here’s what’s been happening:
On August 7-8, during back-to-back negotiation sessions, the District negotiation team submitted their formal, written intent to abandon interest-based negotiating/bargaining (IBN or IBB), and return to proposal-based negotiating with some potential for a hybridization of the two, as needed. Since both teams must be on board to employ IBB, this required that both teams had to renegotiate the basic “Ground Rules” of our mutual table as we moved back to proposal-based negotiation. These alterations have changed the nature of negotiations; as before the negotiating sessions focused on mutual talking out of an issue by all members of the teams and then narrowing to mutually-agreed on interests, proposal-based employs a more formal structure of pre-written article proposals which are presented by the chief negotiators. Where IBB rarely had individual caucuses as both teams worked in unity at the table, proposal-based more clearly delineates sides and requires more sequestered single-team caucuses. Consequently, both methods have their benefits and drawbacks.
Here’s what’s been happening at our proposal-based table:
- Personnel Files, Article VII: This portion of the article was tentatively agreed to by both parties. CFE ensured, clarified, and expanded rights that faculty and management can mutually agree to move personnel file material to the sealed envelope named in the contract before the four-year period. After the four-year period faculty can request it unilaterally, as before.
- Academic Relations (Department Chair Elections), Article X. This portion of the article is near tentative agreement by both parties, clarifying and simplifying the language on department chair elections in regards to the process used in the senate and senator oversight.
- Unpaid Leaves, Article XVII. This article is near tentative agreement by both parties, updating our contract to comply with federal law, military personnel, and leave.
- Professional Security, Article IX. We are negotiating the language on just cause and reprimands to ensure the continuation of the protection that CFE negotiated in 2011-2012.
- Due Process, Article XV. The District proposed to change the due process language; we are currently considering a counterproposal.
- Paid Leaves, Article XIV. We are working on a proposal to clarify the process of reporting faculty absences, an area of confusion for some faculty.
- Global Renumbering. Tentatively agreed to by both parties, this allows all sections of the contract to be more user friendly, logically organized, and clearly labelled.
- Retirement Incentive: The District stated that they have no interest in a
retirement incentive at this time.
Because your input is essential in negotiations, we will be seeking your faculty input via a negotiations survey. Please keep your eyes open for that in the future.
Our next negotiations session is Friday, November 21. Stay tuned for an update.