LCC Faculty Colleagues,
After last week’s bargaining session when the College canceled bargaining for this week, the College reversed course and asked for a meeting today.
Your LCCEA Team agreed to meet and requested responses to several outstanding questions about College proposals or lack thereof.
We were surprised to learn that the College has no response on several items, including faculty use of their own sick leave for eligible leaves covered under the new statewide paid family and medical leave program (i.e. FMLI) when the state fund does not cover full salary for the leave time. In addition, the College clarified they wish to exclude great-grandparents and great-grandchildren from faculty use of emergency and bereavement leave. Both of these examples are virtually cost-free to the College.
The College also made clear they do not agree to differential compensation (i.e. additional steps at initial salary schedule placement) for faculty who use bilingual/multilingual skills in their faculty work. They also stated they do not currently agree to pick up payroll deductions for FMLI even though the budget manager had stated that deductions were built into the budget for all employees for next year.
Your LCCEA Team presented an updated proposal. Please find it below along with a comparison of the College and Faculty proposals. The new LCCEA proposal: moves to one longevity step instead of two at the top of all salary schedules, and provides that pay parity adjustments for part-time faculty will be 3% in year 1 and 2% in year 2 (in addition to COLA). Finally, the proposal allows for the payout of up to one day (i.e. 8 hours) of unused personal leave per year. The remainder of the LCCEA proposal remains the same.
The College and LCCEA proposals still remain far apart.
Significant differences still include:
- Steps at the top of the salary schedules
- Pay parity adjustments for part-time faculty
- Two floating holidays for religious celebrations not recognized by LCC
- Indigenous People’s Day
- Bilingual/multilingual differential compensation
- Applying pay parity adjustments to part-time coaches and part-time flight tech faculty
Our next scheduled bargaining session is Thursday, May 26, 1:00- 2:30 p.m. The bargaining session is open to all faculty, and faculty may attend by zoom at: https://lanecc.zoom.us/j/92789710787
Your letters to the Board of Education are effective, and we greatly appreciate faculty engagement in the organizing efforts of the Action Team such as using the automatic email feature at: https://secure.everyaction.com/FEPSaG1bk0SXWMPUA1rC2A2, which can be personalized, adapted, or shared with community supporters. Thank you as well to the many faculty using LCCEA zoom backgrounds, available for download here: https://lccea.org/2022/04/15/zoom-your-solidarity-with-lccea-backgrounds/ If you’re looking for ways to demonstrate your support for a fair contract, now is the time.
We anticipate a new proposal from the College on May 26.
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team