Greetings United Faculty of Evergreen. Welcome back! The UFE Coordinating Committee (CC) and Stewards Council (SC) look forward to working with you this year. As the 2016-17 academic year begins, we are now in the second year of a two-year collective bargaining agreement. All faculty received a 3% salary increase this fall. That is 6% from our 2014-16 CBA!
As our union nears its 10th anniversary on October 31st, we will continue to work on representing all Evergreen faculty in effective ways. In response to feedback from our members, we will address two major priorities in 2016-2017: first, the implementation of a new, more equitable dues structure to support new members, and; second, the preparation for another round of collective bargaining. The current contract expires in August 2017, so we are likely to start negotiations in winter 2017. We will begin preparations this fall, with leadership provided by our Bargaining Chair, Jon Davies.
Our dues structure is based on income brackets, promoting equity and encouraging new faculty and current faculty who are not members to join the UFE. This new structure is as follows:
|United Faculty of WA State-TESC Chapter Dues Structure and Rates 2016-17|
|$75K +||$803.00||annually, or||$40.15||per pay period (20)|
|$60K – 74,999K||$672.00||annually, or||$33.60||per pay period (20)|
|$50K – 59,999K||$550.00||annually, or||$27.50||per pay period (20)|
|$40K – 49,999K||$392.00||annually, or||$19.60||per pay period (20)|
|Below 40K||$243.00||annually, or||$12.15||per pay period (20)|
This dues structure replaces the previous framework that was based on faculty categories. This fall, we will also ask the UFE Stewards to be a major part to ensure that the new dues structure is a success. They will be meeting with faculty and request their feedback about bargaining priorities, as well as to invite them to join the UFE. With new Stewards Coordinator, John Baldridge leading the way, the CC & SC will conduct important one-on-one outreach to our colleagues. We will survey faculty and hold forums to invite input regarding collective bargaining priorities.
With our focus on these initiatives – the new dues structure, membership recruitment, and bargaining preparation – the UFE Coordinating Committee has decided not to implement the representation fee for the 2016-17 academic year. Instead, join the UFE!
Why join? Over the last 10 years, the union has delivered tremendous benefits and support to all faculty. What are some of the gains and initiatives the UFE has made since 2006?
- 5% wage increase for all faculty in 2008-10, plus additional pay increases for adjunct faculty
- 5% wage increase for all faculty in 2013-14
- 3% wage increase for all faculty in 2015-16
- 3% wage increase for all faculty in 2016-17
- We continue to bargain and administer the CBA through contract negotiations and ongoing labor/management meetings
- Strong grievance procedure, including due process rights for all faculty members
- Revisions to the waiver policy regarding teaching partners and lower division teaching commitments
- Protection of sabbatical lines
- Protection of class sizes and reduction in the student-faculty ratio for first-year students through 2017
- Restoration of summer institute funding in 2015-17
- Expansion of parental leave to include all parents, regardless of gender
- Expansion of medical leave for adjunct faculty
- Increased job security for adjuncts through the establishment of multi-year contracts
- One-time transition of 6 long-term, ½-time EWS faculty beginning in 2016
- Opportunity for further transition of long-term EWS adjunct faculty in 2017-18
- One-time conversion of 4 long-time adjunct faculty members to regular status in 2008
- The creation of The UFE Memorial Fund, in honor of our founding UFE faculty members, Jose Gomez and Zahid Shariff
- The creation of the UFE Scholarship Fund
- Ongoing support of community and education partnerships through the UFE Solidarity Fund
In addition, UFE members and new faculty are invited to learn more about our ongoing work and share ideas together. Join us at our fall social. Please save the date of Friday, Oct. 7 from 5-7 where we will host our fall gathering in Olympia (more info will be provided via off-campus email). The guest speaker will be Bill Lyne from Western Washington University and President of the United Faculty of Washington State (this includes our sister unions, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, as well as Western Washington University).
Finally, thanks for your support of the UFE as we seek to increase our membership and bargain for an even better contract this academic year. Together, we will continue to support student success while advancing faculty work and the College’s academic mission.
Please feel free to contact us directly if you have ideas or questions.
The UFE Coordinating Committee
Grace Huerta, Chair; John Davies, Vice-chair & Bargaining Team Chair; John Baldridge, Stewards Coodinator; Marla Elliott, Treasurer; Laurie Meeker, Communications Coordinator; Stephen Beck & Al Josephy, At- Large Representatives.