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Non-Instructional Stipend Rate | Workload Inequity

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Stipend | Workload

The non-instructional stipend rate, known in our current contract as the faculty program coordinator stipend.

The Problem?

  • It’s $25 an hour and hasn’t changed since 2003. 
  • It was only $22.72 from 1997 to 2003.
  • If adjusted for inflation from 1997, it should be $32.76!
  • The highest rate we found in the state is $40; that’s at Everett CC. 
  • K-12 teachers working on the Pathways to Completion grant earn $40/hour while SCCD faculty earn $25.

The Solution?

  • AFT Seattle proposed $55.oo an hour, using our faculty substitute rate as a basis.  This reflects more accurately the expertise we bring to the tasks we are asked to do to ensure top-shelf educational opportunities for our students.
  • Set limits on our own exploitation.

The Obstacle?

  • SCCD countered with $27. 
  • It will be costly in economic terms.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1.   Share this information with your dean.
2.  Document the work you do beyond your professional obligations.
3.  Limit how much you do for low pay or no pay.
4.  Talk to your colleagues about this. 
5.  Discuss the high cost of NOT having fair compensation for non-instructional duties,   e.g. the loss of student recruitment, lower retention, slowed program development.
6.  Sign up to observe negotiations and show up to support the team when asked.

 

Workload Inequity

The Problem?

  • If you teach Spanish to an English speaker, the full-time workload is 15 hours; if you teach English to a Spanish speaker, the workload is 20 hours; if you teach English to a Spanish speaker at SVI, it’s 25 hours!
  • In the Puget Sound Region, all community colleges except Seattle and Everett have a 15 hour load (Everett’s is 18.)
  • If you teach in most professional/technical programs, the full-time workload is 20 – 25 hours/week.
  • If you teach a science lab, the full-time workload is 18-20 hours a week.
  • In addition to the injustice of this, faculty with these higher workloads can’t participate in non-instructional work as fully; when they do, they are volunteering their time.
  • Students have less access to their teachers, and it’s clear that teacher-student engagement significantly impact student success.

The Solution?

  • Last negotiations a task force was set up to study the issue and find a solution.
  • One recommendation was for the district to do a fiscal analysis of a pilot program in Basic and Transitional Studies.  This did not happen.
  • AFT Seattle’s proposal is to incrementally reduce the load in Basic and Transitional Studies and for some courses at SVI (those comparable to academic/transfer courses at South, Central and North)

The Obstacle?

  • SCCD initially rejected the proposal in its entirety; now they’re willing to discuss.
  • It will be costly to create workload equity; that’s why we’re approaching it incrementally.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1.   Share this information with your dean.
2.  Sign up to observe negotiations and show up to support the team when asked.