Update on Collective Bargaining with MPCTA (Apr. 21)
On April 21, 2017, the Monterey Peninsula College Teachers Association (MPCTA) and Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) met again to continue negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The meeting started with a discussion over priorities for ongoing negotiation and a recital of articles that are resolved or close to resolution, which include: Article 4 (Association Rights), Article 6 (Grievances), Article 8 (Leaves), Article 14 (Evaluations), and Article 24 (Statutory Changes). MPCTA previously asked the District to consider reaching an agreement on several prioritized items now, and continuing negotiations on other items after the initial agreement. MPC informed MPCTA that MPC was interested in this, and hopes that MPCTA still considers this option at the next bargaining session.
MPC also provided MPCTA with an update on the progress made so far by the joint subcommittee on FSAs. Under Article 27.8 of the CBA, both MPC and MPCTA appointed two members to a committee charged with updating the FSA list. After the update, MPCTA questioned MPC’s proposed use of Article 27.8 as a vehicle to modify the FSA list. MPC explained that the updated list represents a consensus of the subcommittee’s appointees from MPCTA and MPC, and that the subcommittee’s efforts were intended to show how the modified FSAs could be applied. MPCTA responded with a request for contract language to consider.
As described in a prior update, MPCTA presented a proposal on Article 23 (Division Chairs) on March 31st. That proposal would eliminate Division Chairs and establish more department chairs who would receive an annual base salary multiplier ranging from 6% - 10% of a particular cell in Salary Schedule A. MPC found MPCTA’s proposal to be a useful alternative to the existing operational model, and on April 21st, MPC presented a counterproposal to MPCTA. In MPC’s proposal, the term “department” represents a grouping of at least 125 FTES that has at least three full-time faculty. Based on this definition, MPC presented MPCTA with an initial list of sixteen (16) departments, and MPC proposed the creation of an entirely new salary schedule for Department Chairs that reflects an 8.25% increase to the Schedule A salary levels.
MPCTA did not present any proposals at the April 21st meeting. However, the parties discussed MPC’s financial status in the context of additional increases to the MPCTA unit, and MPCTA disputed whether MPC is “deficit spending” and has a structural deficit. MPC also reminded MPCTA that MPC’s October 2016 salary proposal contained specific and express language notifying MPCTA that its proposals on Article 16 would be offset by any funding which the District would be obligated to pay under the November 2016 settlement of the Article 16.8 grievance. MPCTA disputed this position.
In addition to a 4% off-schedule payment in 2016-17, the MPCTA salary schedules have been increased by 1% in 2016-17. They will also increase by 2% in 2017-18, and MPC has proposed other increases in compensation for coaches, adjunct faculty, and overload rates. To account for those increases, MPC also proposed savings through contract changes that include an employee contribution toward health benefits, and the elimination of several load factors. MPC’s flexibility in negotiations is limited by MPCTA’s rejection of these proposals.
Both parties recognized the need to keep moving toward a negotiated agreement when the parties meet again. The last negotiating session to which MPCTA agreed is now scheduled on May 5th. MPC has previously expressed its interest in holding negotiations with MPCTA after the May 5th date to work through these important issues, and hopes that MPCTA will agree to prioritize its efforts to resolve them at the negotiating table.
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