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Collective Bargaining FAQs

How do collective bargaining negotiations work?

Under law, collective bargaining negotiations take place primarily in face-to-face meetings of negotiation teams representing the college and the union, through in-person discussion of written contract proposals. The union team initiates negotiations with a set of opening proposals. This starts the give-and-take process that will lead to a final contract. Collective bargaining agreements are written by the negotiators, with careful attention to language. Once agreed upon, this language will become a legally binding blueprint for future CCA operations.

What are the college’s goals for negotiations?

The college’s bargaining team is committed to a respectful, efficient, and productive negotiating process to reach a mutually beneficial collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that continues to provide our staff with solid benefits and salaries, and maintains the operational flexibility necessary to respond responsibly to the various and evolving challenges that confront the institution. The college is committed to negotiating in good faith with the unified, overarching goal of reaching a CBA for our staff that prioritizes serving our students and fulfilling our academic mission at the highest level.

What is SEIU?

SEIU stands for Service Employees International Union. The second-largest labor union in the country, SEIU represents nearly 2 million individuals in a variety of occupations, primarily in the health-care, public-service, and property-service sectors. SEIU is highly active in national, state, and local politics; legislation advocacy; and community affairs. The SEIU affiliate for the Bay Area is Local 1021.

Who are the people serving on the teams negotiating the collective bargaining agreement?

The college’s team includes CCA staff members Leslie Gray (Human Resources), George Sedano (Student Affairs), Annemarie Haar (Libraries & Creative Instructional Technologies), and Dustin Smith (Academic Affairs). Legal counsel for the college, Mike Vartain, is the college’s lead negotiator.

The union’s team includes CCA staff members Piper Alldrige (Studio Management), Amber Bales (Libraries), Kate Goyette (Studio Management), Matt Kennedy (Educational Technology Services), Cynthia Santos (Academic Computing Services), and Brian Woods (Academic Computing Services). Nato Green from SEIU is the union’s lead negotiator.

What is the authority of the negotiating teams?

Each negotiating team has the authority to make tentative agreements to the various parts of what will become the final collective bargaining agreement (CBA). When the two negotiating teams believe they have reached tentative agreements on all possible issues, the two teams initial a tentative CBA. The union then conducts a vote of eligible staff members to ratify the tentative agreement, which is also reviewed by the officers of the college. If both sides are satisfied, there will be a signed CBA. The CBA can be valid for three years, or another period as agreed upon.

What is the timeframe to complete negotiations?

Negotiations will continue until the two teams reach a collective bargaining agreement. It is the college’s desire to negotiate efficiently and reach an agreement as soon as possible.

How are compensation and benefits typically negotiated during the collective bargaining process?

Financial matters such as compensation and benefits are usually determined near the end of CBA negotiations, and are often among the last items to be agreed upon and implemented.

According to the college’s business cycle, wage increase for staff are typically made before the winter break and implemented in January. For staff members in the new union bargaining unit, all such matters must now be negotiated with the union into the collective bargaining agreement.

Where can I find out more?