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PCCEA President Welcome Email, Fall 2019

posted Aug 21, 2019, 7:08 AM by Ana Jiménez
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
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