Negotiations are allowed during the period where we wait for the Fact-Finding Report. The attorneys of both parties met at the beginning of November, and the district put forth a new offer. Unfortunately, it was not actual negotiation...it moved backwards from the last position they proposed in February. Given the nature of these actions, the Faculty union voted to have an Unfair Labor Practices Strike that occured on November 27-28th. That is done, and we hope for resolution before any Spring 2019 strike may have to occur.
The table below shows the situation for the long-term negotiation process. It still gives the background on how we got to this place (nearly on strike), and what is happening now, and where we might be headed in the future.
|Stages of Strike Process||Where are we now?|
Completed: 2015 to February 2018-Last contract offer to faculty by district. Faculty request "impasse."
Completed: Occured over the summer...next step is mediation.
Completed: May 2018 (two meetings)
Completed: September 18, 2018 (all day and all night with no movement towards a mutual agreement by district). Next the mediator considers both sides and will write a Fact-Finding Report.
YFA and the district received the final Fact-Finding Report on December 19th. Therefore, the 10 day waiting period will end on the 29th.
After the final report has been received, there will be a 10 days period where there is a chance for a new offer from the District. Faculty may strike soon after this, or at a later time. Students will be informed if the strike will happen...most likely through email. Check your MJC email regularly.
Not there yet! Let's keep it from happening!
1. Is a strike by MJC and Columbia College faculty imminent?
No. The faculty union and the District are expecting a fact-finding report from an impartial third party (mediator) that could help us reach an agreement over issues under dispute. The mediator, however, has no authority to make the parties come to an agreement, nor are their suggestions binding. The report is yet to be submitted but once it is, there is a 10-day cooling-off period before faculty could potentially strike. The faculty union will consider if to strike if the district fails to address faculty’s major concerns.
2. What happens if the faculty union and the district cannot reach a compromise?
In all likelihood, faculty will strike. However, it would be premature to speculate until we’ve heard from the mediator. Faculty is following the dictum “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” Don’t let all the noise around you distract you from your studies. Faculty have no desire to walk out, however, we will do so to protect quality of education and contractual obligations the District has ignored.
3. Wouldn’t striking be detrimental to students? Aren’t there other mechanisms besides a strike that faculty could use to settle the contract?
Yes, striking will affect students. Striking raises difficult moral and ethical issues for faculty. As working conditions erode and class sizes increase, future generations will be faced with a substandard education. We believe that if we don’t stand for quality education now, students will suffer. Compensation and good working conditions are essential for recruiting and retaining quality faculty that can offer state of the art teaching and learning opportunities for students. Faculty have exhausted all avenues through negotiations. The District has bargained in bad faith and has been uncompromising.
4. What can I do now?
Sit tight. Continue studying. Do what you came to do. If the contract gets settled after the fact-finding report, nothing will have changed from your perspective. If the District’s offer is unsatisfactory, you will be informed immediately about our position and how it impacts students. One hundred percent of faculty are on your side but it would be remiss of us to allow the District to impose conditions that dramatically affect the outcome of your education.22nd December