At the bargaining session on August 24, eighteen CCA adjuncts and lecturers took time away to join the five bargaining team members at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. We filled the space, and the feeling of collegiality was strong. It was wonderful having so many of us together.
The administration team and CCA’s lawyer entered the room for a few minutes and formally welcomed the group. Despite the welcome, the administration team would not negotiate in the presence of visiting members, faculty who have been teaching at CCA from 3 - 22 years. Whereas typically proposals are exchanged and discussed directly across the bargaining table, the administration instead delivered a counterproposal from a neighboring room via the federal mediator, rather than face all of us. The administration's recent update on SEIU bargaining follows on the heels of this action. We clearly understand the situation differently and will soon send a response to the update.
As for the August 24th session: the administration's counterproposal on "Classifications and Promotional Opportunities” essentially leaves CCA’s unfair and arbitrary current system in place. It offers no response to our union’s repeated concerns and numerous, reasonable counterproposals regarding job (in)security. CCA continues to steadfastly refuse any form of reciprocal commitment to 78% of its faculty.
Almost all the boilerplate contract language has been resolved, but after two years and 35+ bargaining sessions (the last 17 with federal mediation), the administration team has failed to respond to our proposals on the core issues of course assignments, teaching contracts, benefits, and compensation.
We can get a strong union contract – other schools in the area have done it, using language and ideas CCA’s bargaining team developed - but only if members stand up for it NOW. We need to build on the momentum and energy of the most recent action to ensure we ratify our contract by the end of this semester. If you believe in quality education for students and a stable working environment for the majority of faculty at CCA, join us in upcoming meetings, bargaining sessions, and actions!
To find out about upcoming actions and how to attend a bargaining meeting, come to our next general membership meeting:
Date: Tuesday August 30th
Location: 447 29th Street, Oakland
Please enter through front door
There is a call-in option. Contact Jessica Lawless for more information
As always, feel free to contact members of the CCA Non-ranked Faculty Union Bargaining and Contract Action Teams with questions, ideas, concerns.
The Bargaining Team and the Contract Action Team