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.
  • PCCEA President Welcome Email, Fall 2019
    Email Sent: Thu, Aug 15, 4:53 PM
    Dear faculty colleagues,

    Welcome to 2019/20 at Pima! Yes, that's 2020, the year we were supposed to have flying cars, world peace, limitless renewable energy, and quality public education. Last time I checked, we're a tad behind, but at least we're making a dent here in Tucson when it comes to the last item on the wish list. Despite our ongoing challenges, I feel proud and happy to be part of this College, which has been here for our community for the last 50 years and whose roots go deep, like an old mesquite.

    Please help me extend an especially warm welcome to our new faculty members! If your first year is anything like mine, it'll keep you busy for good reasons and bad, but I hope you'll quickly see what amazing students we have and what unique opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

    In the unlikely event that you should encounter any administrative obstacles or disagreements over department/college policy, pay, working conditions, or just plain fair treatment, please don't hesitate to speak up about it and consider reaching out to PCCEA for support. If something doesn't look or smell right, it probably isn't, and you have rights, options, and likely the power to do something about it. We've got your back.

    PCCEA has been deeply involved at Pima since its very inception. I currently serve as President, but there is a whole team of faculty working and advocating tirelessly on your behalf and for the good of the College. Our primary mission is to assist, advise, and represent faculty (regardless of membership) on an individual basis in matters related to compensation and working conditions, and crucially to provide input on a collective basis on personnel policies in the Meet and Confer process. If you've read this far, maybe check out BP 1.25 and AP 1.25.01, which govern the process, and email me if you're interested in finding out more or getting involved.

    Over the last year, the Administration has been working with us on a gargantuan rewrite of personnel policies. The fruits of that labor (some sweet, others bitter) are to be revealed soon, we are told, in the form of a new policy web page, although in my view there are still some loose ends. When the new policies are published, PCCEA will send an updated summary of changes, like those cohort summaries you may remember from last spring, and we'll ask you for further direction on specific topics.

    Until that time, the Faculty Personnel Policy Statement (FPPS) is still in effect.

    If, during continuing reorganization, you are offered an "Exempt" staff position instead of "Faculty", be aware that employees in this classification fall under a different personnel policy and generally do not enjoy the same level of academic freedom, autonomy, policy protection, and pay equity. Please read any contract carefully and reach out to PCCEA with any questions if in doubt.
      
    Sadly, as I wrote over the summer, the Administration is citing a new state law as a pretext to sideline PCCEA and other employee representative organizations and cut off funding for the work we do. Long story short, we are not letting that happen or let claims stand that there is no other way. In what I see is a positive first step, Administration representatives are meeting with PCCEA next week to explore viable options for the College to be complaint with State law while honoring its explicit commitment to employee representation and Meet and Confer (BP 1.25). After painful cuts to the faculty budget, we are not about to just let more resources currently devoted to specific faculty work be swept and reused for questionable purposes.

    Happily, we all have more uplifting work to worry about as we get ready for the start of classes. PCCEA will have a resource table in the morning at All College Day tomorrow, so feel free to stop by and chat - looking forward to seeing many of you! Hope you had a spectacular summer and wishing you a successful new academic year.

    Yours,

    Matej

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    Matej Boguszak
    Mathematics Faculty
    Pima Community College
    Posted Aug 21, 2019, 7:08 AM by Ana Jiménez
  • Oppose HB 2750 Section 1.A.7.
    The paltry compensation allotted to our elected PCCEA Faculty Representatives who work countless hours to update and improve College policy will be stripped away if the current AZ budge passes as written: "... A DISTRICT MAY NOT COMPENSATE AN EMPLOYEE FOR WORK PERFORMED ON BEHALF OF AN ELECTED EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATION ..."(HB 2750, 1.A.7.)
    Please Email Your Legislators and Email the Governor to oppose this language!!!
    Posted May 22, 2019, 2:45 PM by Ana Jiménez
  • Public Comment to the PCC Board
    5/8/2019
    Good evening, Board members, chair Clinco, chancellor Lambert, colleagues & guests,

    My name is Matej Boguszak, and I serve as President of PCCEA, the faculty association.

    This is a busy and exciting time, as we help guide our students to a successful finish and celebrate their accomplishments - it really puts things into perspective. We are also reviewing all those new personnel policies we talked about last week, which are now up for comment. There are still some bumps in the road, but the administration is committed to working through them this month so that the new employee handbook can go online in July.

    As things stand, the majority of rewritten policies are either reasonable compromises addressing the needs of both employees and management, or they actually represent an improvement in efficiency and accountability. I am cautiously optimistic that we can come to a common understanding on the few remaining issues where differences remain and commend the administrative team for taking our input seriously, even if we don’t always agree.

    Tonight, you were presented with a budget for adoption in June, so I’d like to circle back to the comments I made about priorities in January. PCCEA had a number of good, honest discussions with Finance and HR about funding priorities this spring, and I encourage you to do the same in the coming month. If we continue to lose enrollment next year and have to further shrink and underpay our workforce as a result, challenges in recruiting and retaining quality faculty, staff, and administrators will grow, and it will become increasingly important to scrutinize every expense.

    Despite retirement savings to the College, the faculty have not seen a Step in 5 years - certainly, this is a challenging time due to EL. But in addition, we are being told that even if there was money available to spend, our Step Progression Plan would not be honored, even though it is tied to a comprehensive annual performance evaluation and was authorized by you and the chancellor just two years ago.

    Recently hired faculty look around and only see increasing work responsibilities, with no hope for advancement anytime soon, so more and more are eyeing the exits. We are giving the faculty more busy work and needlessly irritate them with petty proposed requirements like mandatory wearing of badges, requests for personal days way too far in advance, taking away the W option as a way to encourage students to persist, etc. The faculty see that the College is able to prioritize raises and competitiveness for select administrators but unwilling to do the same for instructors and other front-line employees.

    I honestly worry that we spend substantial amounts on marketing, branding, signs, and feel-good stories, but meanwhile the core and soul and leadership of the institution is in danger of rotting away if we don’t tend to it more closely. I understand there are competing priorities, many of them critical - IT, police, improving registration, the website, and of course hiring great teachers and leaders - but we have to make sure that we strike the right balance. Let us all make sure that we spend our scarce resources wisely and work together on making it happen.

    Thank you for all your work and service, and see you at graduation!

    Posted May 8, 2019, 8:16 PM by Ana Jiménez
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