Update on Collective Bargaining with MPCTA (Jun. 11)
On June 11, 2018, the bargaining teams for the Monterey Peninsula Community College District (“MPC”) and the Monterey Peninsula College Teachers’ Association (“MPCTA”) met with a state-appointed mediator for a second time to resolve negotiations on a labor contract.
This round of contract negotiations started in Fall 2016 and addressed issues ranging from compensation, benefits, evaluations, STRS-able work year, part time faculty rights, and many others. The parties’ last contract expired in June 2013 soon after MPC suffered from a major erosion of its revenues. In addition to coping with the funding instability and losses caused by the Great Recession, MPC is losing millions of dollars annually due to Sacramento’s elimination of funding for repeated course enrollments.
In spite of these challenges, MPC has maintained a rich benefits package for employees and funded additional compensation for faculty (in addition to step and column increases) in each of the last three years:
|Year|| Payment to Full-Time Faculty
|| Payment to Part-Time Faculty
|2015-16|| 4% One Time
|| 4% One Time
|2016-17|| 1% Ongoing
|| 1% Ongoing
|2017-18|| 2% Ongoing
|| 2% Ongoing
MPC’s most recent proposal in October 2017 further offered an additional 1% on-schedule increase for full-time faculty, and an additional 2% on-schedule increase for part-time faculty, effective January 1, 2018. This was rejected by MPCTA and shut down negotiations and declared an impasse.
Within a few days, Governor Brown will sign the 2018-19 State Budget which will most likely include a new funding formula for California community colleges. Under the Student Focused Funding Formula (“SFFF”), state funding will be prioritized based upon student enrollment, the number of low income students served, and student completion rates. The California Department of Finance and the State Chancellor’s Office have released two previous funding simulations, which indicate that MPC will experience yet another reduction and/or freeze in state funding as a result. Based on the released funding simulations and metrics used in funding calculations, MPC will need to reform its educational programs to receive future increases under the SFFF.
At the mediation, MPC hoped that it could meet MPCTA’s interests somewhere in the middle in a fair compromise. While MPC made some movement in its settlement discussions, MPCTA did not compromise and the mediator determined that settlement was not likely to be reached. The mediator has certified the parties to fact finding, which is the next step in the collective bargaining process.
MPC’s last offer on the table included pay increases and many other benefits for the bargaining unit, while leaving room for negotiating future compensation when state revenues increase. MPC remains hopeful that the faculty will see the benefit of securing these increases and allow the college to move into the 2018-19 year on a positive note.
See this webpage for a list of all current updates related to MPC's Collective Bargaining.