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News: PCC Statement: PACCD Files Declaration of Impasse with the State Public Employees Relations Board (PERB)

The Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD) continues to work toward the goal of achieving a successor agreement with its teachers union, the Pasadena City College Faculty Association (PCCFA) and has requested mediation on a successor agreement. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the PCCFA expired on June 30, 2012. 

After more than seven months of negotiation, the District reports there has been little progress with the PCCFA on District’s proposals to increase access to classes for students and to make more funds available for student success. The PCCFA has rejected proposals despite the District offering a salary increase and benefits package that is among the most generous in the state in exchange for structural changes in overload compensation, class size, and healthcare.

“Following the Faculty Association’s rejection of the District’s offer on November 5, 2012, the Board of Trustees has reluctantly reached the conclusion that PERB mediation is the best means available to make progress toward a successor agreement,” said Geoffrey Baum, president of the PACCD Board of Trustees. “Therefore the Board has directed the college administration to file a Declaration of Impasse and a request for formal mediation.”

The District’s offer to the Faculty Association is posted on the college website, but expired on Nov. 5, 2012. The District’s offer assumed the passage of Proposition 30 and the restoration of the $6.7 million state funding cut for the current fiscal year. Robert Miller, PCC assistant superintendent and vice president for Business and College Services, confirms that these funds will be restored to the District and by law almost all of the funds will go to restore classes for students and related student success support. “We will bring an amended budget to the Board at its next meeting on December 12, so that all can see how we are spending the money in the interests of students,” Miller said.

On a separate but related matter, the District also reports that although PCCFA filed a request with PERB for mediation of the issue concerning the adopted calendar, the Faculty Association cancelled two mediation meetings with PERB scheduled for Nov. 16 and then Nov. 27. The mediation will now be delayed until Dec. 12, 2012. Student registration continues in high gear for the spring semester that begins for all students and faculty on Jan. 7, 2013.

Superintendent-President Mark Rocha personally attended the last six negotiation meetings with PCCFA. “Sometimes when you’ve been at the negotiating table as long as we have, you need a fresh perspective and some new approaches,” he observed. “Every collective bargaining agreement is a result of compromise for the benefit of students. We hope that mediation will assist in reaching a healthy agreement that moves the District and the union forward as partners.”

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Release Date: 11/28/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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