(8/12/14) Where is our COLA?
Your negotiating team has been working for months to get you the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to salaries that we have previously negotiated in our contract. CFE even pursued the grievance and arbitration process, but management has refused to comply and issue the additional compensation due to CFE faculty. After more than six hours of negotiations on August 7 & 8, CFE secured for all faculty employed as of July 1, 2013 (over a year ago) retroactive 1.57% COLA increase to all compensation you received last year, plus 0.85% COLA increase effective July 1, 2014. It will take some time to prepare new salary schedules, etc., but these will be posted on our website as soon as they are ready. The District will keep us posted as to when your ongoing paychecks will be adjusted and corrected, and when they will be able to send out the retroactive checks for last year. It will likely take a month or two. We will provide you with that information as soon as it is available. Note that the agreement to provide COLA does not limit CFE’s ability to negotiate additional compensation on the salary schedule, or for specific assignments, such as Department Chair compensation, etc. Successor contract negotiations continue on September 12, 2014. Marilyn Kennedy (OCC English), a current member of the CFE negotiation team, is CFE’s new Chief Negotiator effective August 25, 2014.
(4/24/14) At our negotiation session on April 4, we were expecting to hear the District’s money offer as planned for months, but were told that would be delayed until April 18. They also asked if we would be interested in closing the contract where it is right now and then continue on to negotiate the remaining items. There are advantages to having an unexpired contract in place. We replied we would consider it after we heard the District’s fiscal report on April 18. Meanwhile, we negotiated improved language for both Load and Overload Scheduling.
At our session on April 18, we received the District’s initial offer for a rollover of the current contract with a fiscal offer plus all articles we have tentatively agreed on so far, with an understanding that we would immediately return to the table to continue negotiating on the remaining items. We considered that on your behalf, and presented a counter-offer to the District, based on our research into other California Community College Districts that both teams agree would be comparable for a salary comparison. Those Districts have negotiated raises ranging from 1.57% to 3.65% retroactive to July 1, 2013. The District is considering our offer. We also pointed out that even if we came to agreement on a rollover, it would still take until June to ratify the contract with our members since they are busy at the end of the term with finals, research papers, and semester/year wrap-up activities.
Why would we even consider a rollover? As your negotiation team. we have asked ourselves the same question. Many key matters we want to finish negotiating would be left unfinished in the rollover settlement. The answer to that is in the nature of the District’s salary increase offer. The offer has a retroactive component, but if we don’t settle by June 30 of this year, that offer is off the table. So we are faced with weighing the opportunity for a retroactive increase on your salary schedule with unfinished negotiations on class size, department chair compensation, and a long list of other important items.
Our next session is on Friday, April 25. Stay tuned for an update after that session.
(3/13/14) Your negotiation team met with district management on February 21 and March 7. Here is an update of where we are in negotiating our next contract.
New District Chief Negotiator – Since the departure of Deb Hirsh, the District has hired an attorney, Randy Erickson, to serve as the Chief Negotiator for management for the Spring 2014 semester. Much of our February 21 meeting was successfully spent getting him up to speed on our process, apprising him of the progress we have made at the table so far, and organizing a plan to address the remaining areas of interest in negotiations for this contract. Of particular note is that he has been given the ‘Authority to Bargain’ by the Board of Trustees, which will make negotiations proceed much faster.
Evaluations – We have finished negotiating a framework for a revised evaluation process for tenure-track faculty. We are now working on improved processes for regular (tenured), temporary, categorical, and part-time faculty.
Scheduling – We are negotiating on the interests of faculty rights that also meet student needs, as well as full-time/part-time scheduling issues.
Send us concerns you have regarding the following negotiations issues that are next on our agenda:
Rights of the District – Are the rights of the District delineated in this article limited by what is negotiated in the other articles in our contract?
Textbook Issues – What should happen when the department agrees to all use a textbook that a single faculty member doesn’t feel will be as effective in producing student success as another text?
Grievance and Arbitration Process – When we are “between contracts” as we are now, should arbitration be an available option for faculty?
Part-Time Faculty Rehire Rights – Is there a way to provide greater job security for part-time faculty and retain management hiring flexibility?
Plus the following money matters that will be on the table at our April meetings –
Class Size – Both the maximum class size for smaller (under 55) and larger (over 54) classes is on the table for re-negotiation.
Health Benefits – We anticipate having a recommendation from the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to review for possible negotiation.
Compensation – We are compiling a list of California Community College Districts that have settled compensation negotiations as part of a salary comparability study.
Department Chair Compensation – CFE’s position is that it is too low and there is a lack of compensation equity amongst the Chairs.
All Other Interests that have a Monetary Component – Several topics will be negotiated, including Professional Development, Duty Days/Flex Days, Loading Factors, Part-Time Faculty Compensation, Contract Education, and Reassigned Time.
Note that tentative agreements are not final agreements and subject to change. Additionally, the entire contract must be ratified by CFE members and the Board of Trustees before any contractual changes are implemented.
Our next session is March 14, 2014. Please contact any negotiation team member to provide input. Direct questions to Dean Mancina, CFE Chief Negotiator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Team: Bob Fey, CFE Executive Director; Chris Hamilton, GWC; Ann Holliday, CCC; Dan Johnson, CCC; Marilyn Kennedy, OCC; Dean Mancina, CFE Chief Negotiator; Marcella Norling, OCC; Rob Schneiderman, OCC, Elizabeth Sykes, GWC.
– See more at: http://cfe.ca.aft.org/contract-negotiations/contract-negotiations-update-march-13-2014#sthash.FAXI4Zny.dpuf