Bargaining Update: College Offers Negligible Increase

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

Your LCCEA Bargaining team met with the College today to exchange new proposals. 

Your LCCEA Team proposed:

  • COLAs based on inflation but limited to a reasonable range of 1-4%, which would be 4% in year 1 and 1-4% in year 2, depending on actual inflation;
  • Pay parity adjustments for part-time faculty of 5% in year 1 and 3% in year 2;
  • Restoration of contract work days (furlough days that had become permanent) with commensurate increase in PT faculty inservice hours;
  • 1 step at the top of all the salary schedules with the addition of two longevity steps for faculty remaining at the top step for several years;
  • Allowing reimbursement to faculty for unused personal days each year not to exceed vacation leave payout allowed for other employees on campus;
  • Implementation of Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day holidays; 
  • Two floating holidays for religious or cultural celebrations not recognized by LCC; 
  • Addition of bereavement leave; and
  • A more inclusive definition of family for the purpose of tuition waivers and leaves, among others (See below for summary and complete proposal.)

The College proposed:

  • No changes to their 2.25% COLA proposal for year 1 and year 2;
  • No changes to their proposal to add 1 work day to the contracted faculty work year;
  • Removing reference to an inflation index from the contract;
  • Removing language from the contract that requires steps be added to the top of the salary schedule for part-time faculty whenever they are added to the top of the salary schedule for contracted faculty;
  • Adding 4 hours for PT faculty inservice compensation;
  • Increasing the curriculum development rate from $30 to $32 per hour;
  • Movement toward a more inclusive family definition language for the purpose of tuition waivers, parental leave; and
  • Addition of bereavement leave upon approval of the responsible administrator. (See below.)

The College proposal represents negligible increases to the economic offer because the majority of changes have little to no cost. 

Substantial differences remain. For example, the College proposal does not come close to keeping up with inflation; makes no movement toward pay parity for PT faculty; does not include steps for faculty at the top of the salary schedules; and restores only one day of the 2-2.5 furlough days that had become permanent. Furthermore, the College proposal does not even include making Juneteenth a paid holiday even though the Board publicly directed the College to do so last June. (For faculty, this addition would impact only summer classes when they coincide with Juneteenth, so the inclusion of the new federal holiday would have virtually no cost, if any, to the College.)

Surprisingly, the College proposal still does not match the initial proposal made to our hardworking colleagues represented by LCCEF, let alone the final agreement. In addition, the College indicated they are not likely to make much improvement to their economic offer.

We greatly appreciate all the faculty who have shared or read stories at public meetings. Stay tuned for more information from the Action Team Co-Chairs Peggy Oberstaller and Wendy Simmons or your department rep to learn more about how you can show support at next Wednesday’s Board meeting on May 4 in building 3, room 216.

The parties will meet again next Thursday to present counter proposals. 

Your LCCEA Bargaining Team

Kelly Collins

Joseph Colton

Adrienne Mitchell

Nancy Wood

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Bargaining Update: Economic Proposals Exchanged

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

Your LCCEA Bargaining team met with the College yesterday to exchange new proposals. Thank you to the incredible support and overwhelming response of faculty earlier this month, which helped limit the scope of bargaining to economics only. This process is now off to a productive start.

Your LCCEA Team proposed: (See summary and full proposals below.)

  • COLAs based on inflation for year 1 and year 2
  • An incremental move to pay parity for part-time faculty through creation of a new part-time faculty salary schedule onto which part-time faculty would step on and advance until reaching full parity
  • Restoration of contract work days (furlough days that had become permanent) with a commensurate salary increase
  • An increase in PT faculty inservice hours for meeting and workshop attendance
  • 1.5 steps added at the top of the salary schedules
  • Allowing reimbursement to faculty for unused personal days each year
  • Additional steps awarded in salary schedule placement for faculty using bilingual / multilingual skills in their faculty work
  • Implementation of Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day holidays, and
  • A more inclusive definition of family for the purpose of tuition waivers and leaves, among others.

The College proposed: (see below)

  • 2.25% COLAs for year 1 and year 2
  • Adding one paid day to the contracted work year

Note: the contract provides automatic step advancement each year.

The College proposal represents a step in the right direction, yet significant differences remain. For example, the College proposal makes no movement toward pay parity for PT faculty, does not include steps for faculty at the top of the salary schedules, restores only one day of the 2-2.5 furlough days that had become permanent, and does not keep up with inflation.

We greatly appreciate all the faculty who have shared or read stories at public meetings. Stay tuned for more information from Action Team Co-Chairs, Peggy Oberstaller and Wendy Simmons, as well as department reps for more opportunities to share your own stories. Faculty voices are important and make an impact.

The parties will meet again next Thursday to present counter proposals. Based on the interactions yesterday, we are hopeful that productive negotiations will continue.

Your LCCEA Bargaining Team

Kelly Collins

Joseph Colton

Adrienne Mitchell

Nancy Wood

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Opportunity to Support Community Colleges April 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Colleagues,
Please mark your calendar for this Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. State legislators are coming to visit to hear about higher education needs.
The legislature has formed a Joint Taskforce on Student Success for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education. The Taskforce is touring the state and will be visiting universities and community colleges, including a visit to Eugene on April 25. LCC faculty are invited and encouraged to attend the public hearing scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at UO, Erb Memorial Union, room 214 (Redwood Auditorium). There will be pizza for participants at Bartolotti’s at EMU.

In addition to helping inform legislators about higher education and student needs, the taskforce’s state tours are designed to set the stage for direly needed investments in higher education in the next legislative session, and this is an important opportunity for all LCC supporters from campus and the community to collaborate and come together in support of community colleges. 

Community college visibility is important at these events, and faculty are encouraged to wear clothing that identifies their affiliation with LCC. This could include: LCC t-shirts, LCCEA t-shirts, and/or “Fund our Future; Fund our Colleges” t-shirts from the 2019 rally on campus.

It is not necessary to testify to participate — just come wearing an LCC or LCCEA t-shirt to show your support for state investment in community colleges.

Anyone who has questions will also find LCC’s Public Affairs Director, Brett Rowlett, and faculty member, Jim Salt, as well as OEA consultant, Cynthia Campos, at the event to help. They will have some red “Fund our Colleges” and LCCEA t-shirts on hand for anyone who may need one.

You may sign up to speak or submit written testimony as outlined below.

  • Informational Meeting
    • (5:30 PM) Public Comment Period

      Erb Memorial Union, Redwood Auditorium, Room 214.
    • Submit written public comment:
      • Electronic: JTUSHE.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov
      • Mail: Joint Task Force On Student Success for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education,
      900 Court Street NE, Room 453, Salem, OR 97301

      Written public comments may be submitted up to 24 hours after the meeting start time.
    • Register to provide public comment:
      • Registration is required to provide public comment.
      • Register online: https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VQOWoBSjpPEdqm
      • Register in person: A sign-up table will be available on-site one hour before the meeting is scheduled to start.
      • Registration closes when the meeting is scheduled to begin.
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Zoom Your Solidarity with LCCEA Backgrounds

Spread the good union word! When you next meet on Zoom, you can communicate your support for the LCCEA by using one of these Zoom backgrounds. Zoom backgrounds are the new “office door.” Choose your style: You can show support for the LCCEA mission, for a fair contract (in red or blue!) and for Part-Time/Full-Time Solidarity (in red or blue!).

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Update: Agreement on New Plan for Bargaining!

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

LCCEA and the College have reached an agreement to reduce the scope of bargaining for the economic reopener to economics only (e.g. COLA, etc.). 

Workload, mandatory overloads, class size changes (and the displacement of part-time faculty and ultimate reduction in number of full-time faculty that would have resulted) and all the other non-economics are now off the table.

A big thank you to the tremendous efforts of the Action Team members, Bargaining Team, and the huge number of faculty who provided responses to the College bargaining proposal and especially to all who were on standby to make statements at tonight’s Board meeting and take action.

The parties have also agreed to negotiate to completion the issue relating to faculty job security (minimum qualifications and certifications).

The parties will meet again to present new economics-only proposals on April 21.

Based on this agreement on a new plan for bargaining, we hope this re-set will ensure stability, especially as we transition to the leadership of a new president for Lane Community College.

In solidarity,

Adrienne

Your LCCEA Bargaining Team and LCCEA Action Chairs:

Kelly Collins

Joseph Colton

Adrienne Mitchell

Nancy Wood

Peggy Oberstaller

Wendy Simmons

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