Support equal bargaining rights for college faculty
Winning full-scope collective bargaining rights for community and technical college faculty members is WEA’s top legislative policy priority in 2018. Currently, these faculty members are the only public education employees in Washington who are prohibited from bargaining salary increases. Bargaining competitive, professional salaries at each college is essential to attracting and keeping the committed, qualified faculty our students deserve.
However, college administrators are actively opposing our efforts to win equal collective bargaining rights. (The amount that colleges paid out of local funds for presidents' salaries has increased by 25 percent since 2012. At the same time, faculty salaries were entirely frozen.)
The legislation is House Bill 1237, which was approve by a bipartisan vote in the House. It ialso has passed out of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and is expected to go to a vote of the entire Senate. We need the entire Legislature to suport this important legislation. Use the form at the bottom of this page to email Gov. Inslee and your legislators and urge them to support equal bargaining rights for college faculty members.
Here are some key points to consider in support of equal bargaining rights for college faculty.
- The bills include both full and part-time faculty, counselors, and librarians at every college in the state.
- Each local bargains separately. They are not part of any statewide bargaining coalition.
- For six years, between 2009 and 2015, college faculty (along with other employees) received NO COLA at all. During that time, all other employees continued to receive at least step increases, while the community and technical college faculty received absolutely no salary increases (outside of turnover savings).
- Consequently, full-time salaries have been flat in our colleges for over 24 years, falling behind other employee groups—with only irregular cost of living and no base salary increases. Part-time faculty salaries were moving closer to equity but since 2009 have not experienced any base salary increases either.
Washington's college students deserve faculty who are well-paid and respected. Email your elected leaders and tell your own personal reasons for supporting HB 1237.