- Committee Service by Unranked Faculty (terms under which unranked faculty will serve on College or program committees)
- Part A of Recognition of the Union and Collective Bargaining Agreement (acknowledging SEIU 1021 as the exclusive representative of a specified group of unranked faculty for purposes of collective bargaining for wages, hours and working conditions)
On February 19 the union bargaining team told the administration’s team that it could not sign their proposal on Management Rights until substantive issues such as compensation, job security, evaluation, and grievance procedures had been negotiated. The administration agreed to defer the proposal until these issues are addressed. On March 3, the two teams also discussed an administration counterproposal on Discharge and Discipline and the current student evaluation process. The administration committed to rewrite language the union found problematic on the Discharge and Discipline counterproposal, and indicated that the CCA union’s critique of the student evaluation process would help it formulate a counterproposal on instructor performance evaluation.
At the bargaining session on Feb. 5 the administration declared for the first time that it wished to arrive at a contract by May. The union team responded with enthusiasm, but also stated its concern that this goal cannot be realized unless the administration starts presenting counterproposals that specifically address the core concerns of union members listed above. These issues will likely take time to settle, and the union does not want to be pressured into signing unsatisfactory agreements at the last minute. The administration has indicated that it is working on such counterproposals and plans to bring some to the next bargaining session on March 21. We intend to maintain pressure on the administration to bargain on the core issues, and will continue to keep you updated. As negotiations move towards these challenging topics, member support is going to be crucial. Please keep reading the updates and stay ready for future calls to rally in support of the process. Wide member pressure was hugely important in getting the administration to begin negotiating again in December, and may be necessary as we move into the final, most challenging stages. The stronger our collective stands behind the cause, the better the final contract will be! You ARE its backbone!
For a summary of the contract proposal (tentative agreements are highlighted) click here.