Pima Community College
Education Association
(PCCEA) represents full-time Faculty members at the College. We speak for the Faculty during Meet and Confer - our interest-based negotiation process that addresses the salaries, compensation and working conditions for Faculty - while the Management Team speaks for the College's Board of Governors.  Visit the All Employee Representative Council webpage to review current Meet and Confer topics and submit any issue you need resolved. The outcomes of this work are presented in the Faculty Personnel Policy Statement. These policies govern the requirements and compensation for the full-time Faculty at Pima Community College.
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  • Below are the three most recent announcements. For more details, click on the announcement title. For past announcements, click the Announcement link to the left.
  • Draft Personnel Policies - public comment
    Dear colleagues,

    PCCEA has been meeting with administration weekly to discuss the proposed changes to our personnel policies for next year. We are finally at a stage where the AERC is releasing a second draft of these policies to all employees for 21-day public comment on MyPima @Work (full message below).

    Along with taking a hard look at the College budget and advocating for appropriate resources to be devoted to faculty and core services, the policy rewrite is PCCEA's top priority this spring. It is comprehensive in nature, and while there is an opportunity to improve what we do and how we say we do it, it also has the potential to alter all kinds of working conditions and ways we conduct business. It is being done on an ambitious timeline using a new Meet and Confer process, where the Board has delegated all final approval authority to the Chancellor, and it remains to be seen to what extent our input so far is actually incorporated.

    It is therefore imperative that we obtain feedback on the new policies from as many of you as possible during public comment. Our request to provide changes to policies in legislative style was denied due to reported logistical issues, so to keep you informed, PCCEA is offering a summaries of changes for each policy, and we will continue to do so for future cohorts. This is to make your task of sifting through the policies more manageable and alert you to any areas where working conditions or the faculty voice may be curtailed. We feel it is important to provide context and draw contrasts with current policy when substantive changes have occurred.

    Your voice matters! Please help us keep an eye on this project and provide constructive feedback so that our College can continue to be a great place to teach, learn, and work. There is nothing of major concern in Cohort I released today, but there may be times that we have to call on you for more urgent action to avert disastrous consequences. Please keep an eye out.

    PCCEA will hold another open All Faculty Meeting on Friday, March 8, at noon in the Amethyst Room at the Downtown Campus to provide more updates and answer questions. Please don't hesitate to contact me or a campus rep before then.

    Hope you all had a chance to enjoy the snow on Friday!

    Best regards,

    Matej

    --
    Matej Boguszak
    Mathematics Faculty
    Pima Community College

    On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 12:26 PM Wesson, Angie <awesson@pima.edu> wrote:
    This message is sent on behalf of Ted Roush, AERC Co-Chair



    Dear Colleagues,

    After some unexpected delays, I am happy to announce that we have released the first five revised Employee policy topics for your review and input.

    To see the new policies, log in to MyPima.  Select your @Work tab.  The newly released policies appear in a box on the left side of your screen under Personnel Policies.

    Once you've read over a new policy, you can submit your inputs via the link "Feedback Form" that appears in the same box.

    The new policies are written to be concise and direct and are worded with an emphasis on mission fulfillment and service to students.  

    In reviewing the new draft policies, you should view the drafts with two questions in mind:

    a) What is missing from the draft policy?
    b) What needs to be clarified in the draft policy?

    If you decide to submit an input, please be as specific as possible. General comments about liking or not liking a new policy are okay, but don't help us improve the draft. Tell us what you believe is missing or needs clarification.  Your name is ALWAYS optional for your inputs.  However, including your name and email with an input can be helpful, especially if we need help in understanding your input.

    We will compile all of your inputs (names omitted) and provide responses to each input.

    Each set of new draft policies will follow a similar process to what the College uses for new Administrative Procedures.  Each policy will undergo a 21-day comment period.  Once the comment period closes, we'll develop final versions of the policies. Our goal is to release the new policies this June with implementation effective July 1, 2019.

    Ted Roush
    AERC Co-Chair
    Management Lead


    Posted Mar 3, 2019, 8:16 AM by Ana Jiménez
  • AEA Annual Legislative Reception

    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 7:25 AM by Ana Jiménez
  • PCCEA January Public Comment
    PCCEA President, Matej Boguszak, made the following public comment at the Regular January Board meeting on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019.

    Good evening, chair Clinco, chancellor Lambert, Board members, colleagues, guests,


    My name is MB, and I serve as President of PCCEA, the faculty association. I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year and look forward to working with you all to make this a brighter year for Pima as we celebrate half a century in our community. A warm welcome and congratulations to our new Board members García and Gonzales, and sincere thanks to all of you for your care and service.


    As we start the budget development process for next fiscal year, I call on us all to stay focused on our core mission and take a hard look at spending priorities. We have laid off long-time, distinguished faculty members and asked the faculty to freeze their professional development funds to prevent losing even more. We lost invaluable support staff and have not replaced many campus academic and student services administrators. The remaining employees are being asked to do more with less and will have gone without a step increase for 5 years by summer. Crucial areas such as IT and HR appear to be short-changed.


    At the same time, we have added several new district administrator positions with various interesting titles, most recently an associate provost without any listing in the Board packet as far as I could find. I hear concerns from some employees about increased pay for certain directors and wasteful spending on travel.


    Student reporter Amaris Encinas from the Aztec Press reported last month how in just one instance the College paid $6,374 for a “flexible economy” ticket in case the chancellor needed to reschedule, even though normal tickets cost only about $1000-1500. It’s nice that the chancellor could pitch in a couple of thousand of his own money to upgrade to business class, but seems to me the College could have bought 4-6 more economy tickets for that money if there really was such an urgent need to reschedule. It just doesn’t add up and looks terrible in the face of all the other cuts. Don’t get me wrong, I personally support a number of the College’s international efforts, but this is just plain waste, and it accumulates quickly.


    Looking at the October financial statement in your packet, travel expenses increased 5% for July - October last year compared to 2017, and general expenses on administration increased 11%. Meanwhile, instruction - core mission - took a 4% hit. For the fiscal year 2018, travel was up by 15%, administration up by 3%, while instruction by only 1%. I may not be aware of all the context, and I look forward to discussing the budget and priorities more with the chancellor and Dr. Bea, but I see a worrisome trend of pushing work down and money up.


    Let’s be responsible stewards of the public dollars and invest them where they will return the most benefit for our students. Thank you for your time, consideration, and oversight.



    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 7:20 AM by Ana Jiménez
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