Faculty Stories: Support bargaining for a fair contract!
This forum serves a couple purposes. First, it gives part-time members a place in which to record personal experiences that show the hardship of working as a part-time instructor at current pay levels, many of which are at or below the threshold for food stamp eligibility. Full-time members could also share stories about past work as part-timers. Secondly, all faculty can explain and share stories about how LCC benefits from full-time positions. This would include examples about how faculty, the discipline, the department, and students may suffer from the lack of filling full-time positions. In other words, full-timers are in a better position to build strong departmental traditions of serving students and our respective disciplines. Some disciplines have no full-time faculty, and full-time positions have decreased by 20% in five years, and 33% of current full time faculty are officially PERS retirement age. We'd love to have specific examples that demonstrate the need for filling full-time positions. If you're willing, you can share your story as part of furthering our goals during the bargaining process.
What can we share?
Your story and your name (for instance, someone might read it at a public forum)
Your story but not your name
Neither your story nor your name (i.e. you just wanted other members to know of your experience)
I'd be willing to attend an LCC Board meeting to share my story.
Part-time stories: Please share experiences related to economic hardship, healthcare issues, debt, housing, or the need to turn to government assistance.
Part-timers who have sought full-time work: Please explain how hard it has been to find full-time work and how eager you have been to see more full-time openings at LCC.
Please explain how LCC, especially LCC students and programs, benefit from full-time faculty work and suffers from not filling vacant full-time positions.
Additional stories: Importance of FPD funding; lack of sufficient compensation for part-time faculty workshop/meeting attendance, etc
Bargaining Reactions -- Please share stories related to your reaction to the college's bargaining proposals.
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