Board of Trustees: We Hear YOU but do you hear US?
Kimberly's Message to the Board of Trustees
Faculty are committed to our students. If we don’t stand up now, we will never be able to advise students to achieve higher education to go into teaching.
We are committed to our cause (professional pay!) and committed to each other. We have faculty now who have not received increments due to them for the 2018 – 2019 academic year because they recognize that the college will never prioritize faculty pay and we must take a stand now.
Our work on negotiations has been slow. We no longer have the regular negotiation schedule we once had. As a result we have shifted to positional bargaining. And the message of administration’s position is clear.
We need to start catching up
Clark's faculty pay increases have lagged for decades. We need to start catching up with inflation. The longer we wait, the farther behind we'll fall. Question: What is the Clark faculty outlook in 10 years if we allow this trend to continue? As you can see from the forecast above, we fall farther and farther behind.
The 25-year history of inflation rate increases compared to Clark faculty salary increases:
Above: Blue line indicates Clark faculty salary increases. Red line indicates inflation rate increases in the Portland/Vancouver area.
Sources: BLS.gov & OFM.wa.gov
Here's another fun data point:
Vancouver has one of the highest costs of living (behind the greater Seattle area) in the state.
Yet, according to the SBCTC, Clark's top faculty salary lands in the bottom third of all state community and technical colleges.
How can this be justified? When will Clark balance its budget in a manner that values its people. Why can't the College CONSIDER paying us fairly?
Wear Red on Wednesdays
Support your union! We deserve pay equity with K12.
We need YOU to wear RED color clothing every Wednesday. Your CCAHE Pay Equity T-Shirt is a great option for this.
We need your help. We need to send a message to this administration that we are united in demanding pay equity with K12!
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