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The Faculty Association (FA) is not budging with the District over contract negotiations and continues to hold out for a new offer, according to a union official.

“We are hoping to get back to the table either next week or the week after, but I do not know when the district will be ready,” said Julie Kiotas, PCC Faculty Association Director and Grievance Counselor, in an e-mail.

The Board shut down negotiations on Nov. 5, 2012 and the FA insists that the District has refused to return to the table despite repeated requests, according to the Pasadena City College Faculty Association website.

No date has been set for negotiations to commence.

The last time the District released any information about negotiations was in February, when officials refused to consider reinstating the Winter Intersession. Robert Miller, the newly appointed interim President, could not be reached for comment on this story.

The FA’s main concerns regarding the contract remain salary increases, receiving full cost of living adjustments and fair compensation for work duties.

“We are hopeful that the role of the faculty in this stellar institution will be valued again,” said Kiotas.

The District has made no changes in their contract proposals since Proposition 30 was passed in 2012, according to Kiotis. The last contract proposal to the FA included a Supplemental Early Retirement Plan (SERP), which the FA rejected while noting that returning to the former calendar (reinstating Winter Session) was more important to them.

Comments

  1. Good for the FA to hold firm on this. When irrational demands are made (like keeping COLA or increasing class sizes by 20%), then having no contract is preferable to having a bad contract.

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