LCC Faculty Colleagues,
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team met with the College again Monday for an extended bargaining session. The pace of bargaining has quickened as the two parties strive to reach an agreement within a reasonable timeframe before Fall. The College had sent a response (below) by email in advance of our meeting, and your LCCEA Bargaining Team, in turn, presented a response (below).
We have reached agreement on many points.
The most significant issue of disagreement is whether the College will “assign” faculty to teach synchronously. The College representatives have voiced their strong opinion that managers have the right to assign faculty to teach remote courses synchronously. At the same time College representatives have not answered questions about what they do / do not plan to require, which makes it challenging to understand the College’s position and intent.
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team has continued to advocate for honoring faculty expertise as academic professionals by allowing faculty discretion in determining how to teach their remote classes, including whether to include synchronous time and how much, consistent with Article 15.2 academic freedom protections.
We will meet again next Monday.
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team