LCC Faculty Colleagues,
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team met with the College again today to continue negotiation over impacts of Common Course Numbering* (i.e. CCN).
The College proposed the following (See below for details):
- Stipends of $1000 for faculty serving on statewide CCN committees and stipends of $1500 for faculty serving as chairs/co-chairs of statewide CCN committees, paid one time at the end of the academic year;
- No compensation or release time for curriculum development for course revisions required by CCN changes; and
- An agreement that would be in effect for one year only, starting Summer 2023, providing no workload relief for faculty engaged in this work this academic year and requiring the parties to renegotiate over the same issues again next year.
The College again expressed that they believe that all curriculum work required by changes to credits and outcomes for courses that go through CCN is part of normal faculty work. We reiterated that faculty workloads are actually significantly impacted by the changes required by CCN, and we informed the College that faculty at other institutions are receiving hourly pay or course releases for such curriculum work.
In addition, we were surprised to see that the College’s proposal appears to restrict the views that faculty members may articulate when serving on statewide committees. Any such restriction would not only contravene our contract but also our Constitutional speech rights.
In addition to discussing Common Course Numbering, we discussed but have not finalized ground rules for bargaining sessions. (See College proposal below.)
Your LCCEA Bargaining Team
Cynthia Campos, OEA consultant
*CCN assigns the same course number to comparable courses across all community colleges and universities to streamline transfer from two- to four-year post-secondary educational institutions. The changes once determined by statewide committees must be implemented by each institution, including LCC.