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Message from Provost Tammy Rae Carland

February 24, 2017

Dear CCA Community,

I am writing to provide the community with an update on union contract negotiations for our part-time unranked faculty.

Last evening the negotiating teams reached full mutual agreement on all terms!

The normal union contract procedure is that this agreement is considered "tentative" until the unranked faculty members have the opportunity to vote on it, which will take place over the next several weeks. Additionally, members of the college bargaining committee and President Beal will also be meeting next week with members of the ranked faculty advisory committee to discuss the tentative agreements. I will report back with more details in the near future. I see the reaching of the tentative agreement as a positive and fair outcome that strengthens our commitment to all faculty members and reaffirms our dedication to academic excellence. Please join me in thanking the members of both bargaining teams for the time and energy they invested in the bargaining process and its outcomes.

Best,
Tammy Rae Carland
Provost


Message from Provost Tammy Rae Carland

June 2, 2016


Dear CCA Community,

I write with an update on the status of our negotiations with SEIU Local 1021, which represents our unranked faculty in the positions of lecturer, senior lecturer, adjunct, and senior adjunct.

During the most recent negotiation sessions in May, the bargaining teams from CCA and SEIU Local 1021 reached tentative agreement on important proposals involving performance evaluations and job descriptions. At the most recent bargaining session the teams discussed issues related to length of service and advancement through classification.

CCA’s bargaining team has worked with the assistance of the federal mediator to schedule the next session for June 22 with representatives of SEIU Local 1021 and the unranked faculty members on the union’s bargaining team.

I have directed the college bargaining team to stay committed to concluding negotiations as soon as possible, with the goal of obtaining a contract that ensures the quality and value of instruction for our students, does not adversely affect our ranked faculty, and provides for an equitable solution for non-ranked faculty. Once the negotiation teams have reached tentative agreements on all aspects of the contract I remain committed to reviewing the proposed contract with the ranked faculty advisory group prior to final approval.

Below is a list of all the tentative agreements that have been reached at this point.

Sincerely,

Tammy Rae Carland
Provost

As of June 1, 2016 Tentative Agreements have been reached by SEIU and CCA on the following issues:

  • Performance Evaluations
  • Job Descriptions
  • There will be a course cancellation payment
  • Dispute and Grievance Procedures
  • Equal Employment Policies
  • Unranked Faculty on Committees:
  • Labor/Management Working Committee
  • Academic Freedom and Professional Ethics
  • Three Year Length of Contract
  • Campus Safety and Protection from Violence
  • Faculty Access to College Instructional Materials
  • Rules Regarding Discharge (Course Specific)
  • Applications for College Job Vacancies
  • Committee Participation by Unranked Faculty
  • Union Rights to College Information
  • Leave of Absence for Union Stewards

Message from Provost Tammy Rae Carland

May 3, 2016


Dear Members of the CCA Community,

I am writing with an update on the college's negotiations with SEIU Local 1021, which represents our unranked faculty in the positions of lecturer, senior lecturer, adjunct, and senior adjunct.

The college's negotiating team and the Local 1021 team have engaged in regular negotiation sessions since December 2014.

Thus far, the sessions have resulted in tentative agreements on nearly three-quarters of the complete collective bargaining agreement. We have several additional bargaining sessions scheduled in May.

The college’s negotiating team has set a goal to complete a full, tentative collective bargaining agreement by the end of May.

The college’s negotiating team consists of Director of Payroll and Benefits Amy Flaherty, Professor Donald Fortescue, Associate Provost Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson, Dean of Design Leslie Carol Roberts, and Mike Vartain, legal counsel for the college.

The SEIU negotiating team consists of Senior Adjunct Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Senior Adjunct Alisa Golden, Senior Adjunct Rob Hugel, Senior Lecturer David Skolnick, and Senior Lecturer Noga Wizansky, as well as Nato Green and Jessica Lawless from SEIU Local 1021.

I will continue to report to the CCA community on the status of negotiations.

Sincerely,

Tammy Rae Carland
Provost


Message from Provost Tammy Rae Carland

March 25, 2016


Dear Members of the CCA Community,

I am writing with an update on the college's negotiations with members of SEIU Local 1021, which represents our adjunct faculty.

The college's negotiating team and members of SEIU Local 1021 have engaged in regular negotiation sessions throughout January, February, and March, including a meeting earlier this week. Federal government mediator Joel Schaffer has been moderating these sessions. The college proposed bringing in Mr. Schaeffer when negotiations had stalled in December 2015. SEIU agreed and continues to agree to have him present at the negotiations.

The college’s negotiating team is Director of Payroll and Benefits Amy Flaherty, Associate Provost Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson, Dean of Design Leslie Carol Roberts, and Mike Vartain, legal counsel for the college. Professor Donald Fortescue joined the college's team in early March when I began my duties as provost.

Thus far, the sessions have resulted in tentative agreements on approximately half of the 30 sections of a complete collective bargaining agreement. ​​Upcoming proposals from both teams on the remaining sections will begin at the next session on April 8, and will continue through other sessions scheduled for the rest of the month.

Both the college and the union teams have expressed the intention to work hard in the upcoming negotiations with the hope of resolving all outstanding issues in the next several months.

The college will continue to update the community about the status of these negotiations.

Sincerely,

Tammy Rae Carland

Provost


Message from Provost Melanie Corn

September 23, 2015

Re: Update on Collective Bargaining with SEIU Local 1021 (Unranked Faculty)

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to give you an update on the negotiations with SEIU Local 1021, which represents our lecturer and adjunct unranked faculty, and to share with you a status report from the CCA negotiating team.

The CCA negotiating team (those who meet in negotiations with the Local 1021 bargaining team):

  • Dean of Fine Arts Tammy Rae Carland
  • Director of Payroll and Benefits Amy Flaherty
  • Associate Provost Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson
  • Dean of Design Leslie Carol Roberts
  • and Mike Vartain (legal counsel for the college)


On August 13, Local 1021 first presented CCA’s negotiating team with the union’s full contract demands for salaries, benefits, course loads and appointments, governance processes, and other important issues.

Since August 13, the two negotiation teams have had two lengthy meetings to begin jointly analyzing these proposals. Further meetings will take place throughout the fall semester and most likely into the spring. During this period of time, the college will be able to present its responses and its contract counter proposals.

Although the negotiating teams from CCA and Local 1021 have been meeting for nine months, it is still relatively early in negotiations. It was just five weeks ago that the union gave CCA its comprehensive proposal. For context, it is important to note that the adjunct faculties at other Bay Area colleges, who voted to be represented by SEIU many months before CCA’s faculty, have not yet reached an initial bargaining agreement either.

A productive contract can only be achieved through compromise with the two teams doing the hard work in the negotiating room. There is still much work to do, and with continued effort by both bargaining teams, I am confident that a fair contract will be reached.

I urge you to read the report from the CCA negotiating team, which includes a summary of the union’s current contract demands.

As the negotiation now proceeds into its more important phases, the CCA negotiating team will report more frequently to the faculty on the progress and key issues of the bargaining.

Additional information also will be posted periodically on the Academic Affairs section of the college website.


Melanie Corn
Provost