One more thing to be grateful for ...
As they reach the end of week three of their district-wide strike, please find time to reflect on the sacrifices our Portland teacher colleagues endure each day they spend outside of the classroom and recognize that they act on behalf of the entire education community in their struggle to improve a public school system that has for decades been neglected.
Let's also remember that their struggle is an illustration of the collective power we possess as union members; a power that has come at great cost to workers who came before us. Unionists like the Longshoremen featured in this OPB special "The 1934 West Coast waterfront strike" sacrificed friends & family, their jobs, their livelihoods, their reputations and sometimes their lives for our right to collectively bargain and our right to stand in solidarity advocating for each other and for our students.
Part-time Faculty: You have a Union
CCAHE is the Clark College Association for Higher Education the Clark faculty union - 95 percent of our full-time faculty are CCAHE members.
Many part-time faculty are also members. Our dues are some of the lowest in the state ~$14 each paycheck. Enroll today so that you can take full advantage of the benefits your union membership provides.
You also have access to a workshop for adjunct faculty to learn about filing for unemployment benefits, A house bill that was recently passed in Washington makes it easier for adjuncts to collect unemployment benefits. As a WEA member, you are invited to attend this workshop on November 16th, 2023 and another on November 30th 2 pm to 3 pm and December 8th noon to 1 pm. Click the link below to register.
- For Thursday, November 30, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, register here.
- For Friday, December 8, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, register here.
Portland Association of Teacher's strike continues
According to OPB's latest story on the PAT/PPS negotiations, Portland teachers will continue striking next week.
For specifics about the bargain, visit Portland Association of Teachers news.
Go to the PAT's Facebook page to see a video message from the PAT bargaining team. Take action by:
- Texting SUPPORT to 48744 to stand in solidarity with PAT!
- Donate to PAT's strike fund.
- Send a message to the PPS school board.
- And of course, show up to one of the Portland Public Schools picket lines wearing your union gear or blue and
- white (which is PAT's colors).
Many of you remember what an exciting (and stressful) experience it was to go on strike in 2020. You also likely remember how motivating it was when community members came out to support us.
We can provide that same support and motivation to the Portland teachers just by showing up. I'll try to keep an eye out for messaging indicating where community support may be needed most. Otherwise, with 80 campuses closing tomorrow, there should be ample opportunity to join a picket line.
Let's hope for a quick strike for PAT!
Right caption: English Professor Joe Pitkin on the picket line supporting PAT.
Part-time faculty contract wins clarified
Our contract wins for part-time faculty include:
Win 1: Pay for trainings - Five hours at the Other Assignment rate for part-time faculty who complete the Higher Ed Works training and two hours at the Other Assignment rate for part-time faculty who complete their two hours of PPI training.
- How to get paid: The contract language reads, "Part-time faculty shall submit their training hours by the 15th of the final month in the quarter for which they are to be compensated."
- Part-time faculty should submit these hours to their unit's operation manager.
- Also, our last contract required part-time faculty to submit their training for both Higher Ed Works and PPI simultaneously in order to be paid. Now, part-time faculty can be compensated for each training individually.
Win 2: Pay for required dept/unit meetings - Associate faculty have for years been required to attend at least one department or instructional unit meeting per quarter. Now, they will be paid at the Other Assignment rate per hour for attending these meetings.
- How to get paid: The contract reads, "Part-time faculty shall submit their meeting hours by the 15th of the final month in the quarter for which they are to be compensated."
- Report your meeting hours to your respective unit operations manager.
Win 3: Pay for attending meetings - Part-time faculty will be paid at the Other Assignment rate for attending department meetings, division meetings, unit meetings, CCAHE meetings, and contractual committee meetings. (However, for other college-wide meetings, the compensation must be approved by the dean of the respective unit.)
- How to get paid: Report your meeting hours to your respective unit operations manager.
Each instructional unit operates differently. Please be patient and try to work with the unit operations manager and/or dean as we all figure out how to implement this new contract language. Your understanding will go a long way in maintaining good relations with staff.
2023-2025 CCAHE contract ratified
Congratulations, CCAHE members. Thanks to your faculty union negotiation team - Sydney Brahmavar, Sarah Kuzera, Laura Nagel, Kushlani DeSoyza, Tyler Frank and Dwight Huges - we've ratified a new two-year contract with 98 percent approval among the voting members. You can access the contract by going to "Goverrning Documents."
New Union Office & t-shirts
CCAHE & WPEA have opened a Union Office in SCI 110. Let us know if you'd like to volunteer to keep the lights on and answer basic questions one or two days each week at the Union Office. (This would be a good opportunity for a part-time faculty member to learn more about the union and utilize a quiet place to work in a spacious office that's furnished with coffee, tea, snacks, fridge and microwave.)
We'll also be distributing new union t-shirts later this fall in a few different styles - traditional t-shirts, capped sleeve t-shirts (see below) and maybe tank tops. The Senate agreed on "Higher Ed Workers Unite" as it's inclusive of staff as well as faculty. A sign up sheet for sizes/styles will be released soon.
Legislative news re: CTCs
The BIG NEWS is that college faculty will receive an 8.9% COLA starting in July 1st, and a 5.9% COLA in July 2024. AND this COLA will be FULLY FUNDED by the state.
This is huge win and I believe that the lobbying we did with the College Presidents and AFT really made a difference. This is a change that should be permanent going forward. This means nearly $55 Million in additional dollars going to the CTCs. This isn't 'new money' in the sense that it is bargainable, but it is money that the College's receive and can be used as we determine. Clark College has been basing our budget projections on this money not being available and now it is. Clark should be adjusting its gloomy budget projections for next year, and now is the time to push back about the need for any proposed RIFs.
Adjunct Faculty Parity Bill—SBCTC has been charged to develop a plan to provide compensation to adjunct faculty that equals or exceeds 85 percent of the compensation provided to comparably qualified full-time and tenured faculty by the 2026-27 academic year. This has no money attached to it, but it should provide us with the $$ amount parity will actually cost, which may help our lobbying efforts in the future.
Dual Credit Program Support -$7.74 million to provide free College in High School courses to students. This may increase the number of CiHS students taking courses at Clark which may bring in new money, or it may reduce our Running Start enrollments – we don’t know how this is going to impact us yet, but it is an area that we should be looking at for bargaining language around CiHS compensation for involved faculty.
CTC CiHS pilot - $700,000 for the pilot program that is increasing the CTE offerings in CiHS
Student Supports – there was a LOT of interest in making College access easier for students this year, and this resulted in a number of new programs and increases to existing programs. These programs should increase enrollments at the CTCs – by how much? Who knows? Which campuses receive these funds will generally be determined by the SBCTC through an allocation model to be determined.
Postsecondary Student Needs Funding-$5.24 million is provided to implement Second Substitute House Bill 1559 (Postsecondary student needs), and hire 0.75 FTE benefits navigator per CTC campus and a food pilot at four college districts.
Nursing Education and Support – $9.1 million
CTC’s Nurse Supply Funding-$882,000 is provided for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to develop a plan to train more nurses and to design and implement an online curriculum and pathway to earn a licensed practical nursing credential, as provided in Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5582 (Nurse supply). Colleges will be applying to access this money.
CTC’s Nursing Education Funding-$3.6 million is provided to increase the number of slots in nursing programs by 200 in the 2023-25 biennium. We're not sure yet what process will be used to determine which campus these slots will go to, but that will be new money and it could be bargained ie. for new positions
Faculty Conversions-$4.6 million to continue to implement the provisions in Chapter 272, Laws of 2021 (E2SSB 5194). This is money that was given out in the past to add new positions. This is NOT new money just money to continue to fund those positions
New Enrollments/Programs–a variety of programs including computer science, public health, journalism, social work and teacher residency.
CTC’s, Bellingham Technical College Northwest Maritime Apprenticeship $200,000 is provided for Bellingham Technical College for the Northwest Maritime Apprenticeship Program.
CTC’s Refugee Education $3 million is provided for adult education for refugees and immigrants who have arrived in the state on or after July 1, 2021, and are eligible for federal refugee resettlement services, including those from Afghanistan and Ukraine.
DEI Initiatives- $4.2 million at CTCs is provided for SBCTC to continue to implement diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) provisions in Chapter 275, Laws of 2021 (E2SSB 5227). Not new money.
PEBB contract is funded. Monthly employer rates for the next two fiscal years are budgeted at $1,160 and $1,233 per employee per month.
Funding is provided for a standalone vision benefit in PEBB non-Medicare health plans beginning in plan year 2025 for a 100 percent employer paid benefit. This should provide higher vision benefit levels at lower cost and align with the School Employees' Benefits Board (SEBB).
CTCs will continue to receive the same Nursing high demand and general high demand allocations they received in the last biennia. Clark College has been receiving ~$880,000.