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News: PACCD Sunshines Collective Bargaining Offer to Faculty Union

Pasadena City College is dedicated to student success. In the current economic climate, while budgetary issues threaten PCC’s financial stability, the college continues its mission, which includes searching for ways to increase available seats to our students. The District’s current collective bargaining proposal to the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA) offers increased salaries and benefits in return for cost savings measures that would result in an increase of up to 26,751 seats per year for PCC students. This would be the equivalent of increasing access to another 3,210 full-time PCC students. 

The District has been negotiating with PCCFA for a new three-year contract to replace the one that expired on June 30, 2012. The District formally adopted its initial proposal to the PCCFA and sunshined it to the public on April 4, 2012.

The District’s entire proposal is available on the PCC website by going to http://www.pasadena.edu/facts/documents/District_Offer_to_PCCFA.pdf.

The key economic elements of the District’s offer to the faculty union include:

• Maintaining the current faculty compensation with annual step and column increases, plus increase compensation for all full-time and part-time faculty a total of 3.5 percent over three years, retroactive to July 1, 2012.

• Maintaining the current amount and compensation level for overload (overtime pay for full-time faculty) through Sept. 1, 2014. Thereafter, no new restriction on overload but the pay rate compensation will be commensurate to that paid to new part time faculty.

• Increasing compensation payments for Large Group Instruction.

• Increasing paid office hours for part-time faculty.

• Maintaining the District’s current 100 percent paid health, dental, and vision insurance plans for all current employees, including 100 percent paid for spouse and family. A minimal contribution is proposed for new hires after July 1, 2013.

• An educational benefit up to $10,000 per year for faculty to pursue doctoral degrees.

• New laptops and mobile tablets for full-time faculty.

• Workload flexibility for full-time faculty over the new Board-adopted three-term calendar that will permit offering a broad array of much needed classes over fall, spring and summer.

• A retirement incentive of 75% of a faculty member’s base salary to fund an additional annuity for faculty who wish to retire by June 30, 2013.

To help defray the costs of this contract offer and to create the additional enrollment seats for students, the District also proposes some cost efficiencies, including increasing the average class size from its current 29.4 to comport with the statewide community college average of 35. It would also convert class scheduling to the standard federal Carnegie hour, which will help eliminate class scheduling overlaps and conflicts and make it easier for more students to obtain a full-time student schedule.

The funds to pay for the additional benefits to faculty are not contained in the 2012-2013 budget adopted on Sept. 5, 2012. Therefore, the increased continuing costs of the District’s contract offer to the faculty union are balanced with the continuing cost savings in this offer, such as the requested increase in the average class size. The District’s offer cannot be funded with anticipated funds from the passage of Proposition 30. If Proposition 30 passes, most of the restored funds will go directly to students in the form of increased class sections.

The District has thus informed the PCCFA that its proposal is open for negotiation until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, after which time the offer expires. If the District and the PCCFA reach an agreement by then, the District will abide by its contractual commitments, even if Proposition 30 does not pass.

Dr. Mark Rocha, PCC superintendent-president, has personally joined the negotiations and has met directly with the negotiating team of the PCCFA four times for extended sessions.

“I will continue to meet personally and directly with our faculty union colleagues,” Dr. Rocha said. “We call on the Faculty Association to meet around the clock if necessary to arrive at an agreement. Our future must be negotiation, agreement and partnership.”

Speaking for the PACCD Board of Trustees, President Geoffrey Baum stated, “The District has made this proposal in good faith and with the sincere hope that the Faculty Association will recognize the clear benefits for our students who deserve seats in classes which they now struggle to find. We look forward to good faith negotiations in recognition of the financial risks and constraints now facing the District and the state of California.”
 

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Release Date: 10/15/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu