Union Info

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