As you know, AFT Seattle has been in negotiations with the administration for a year. AFT Seattle has fought hard for important gains, such as workload equity and a meaningful raise to the stipend rate, along with other items.
At this point, we have decided it's time to go to mediation. The administration has talked plenty about the need to address workload equity, but they haven't offered to do much about it. They're willing to raise the stipend rate to $33, but that leaves us well below Shoreline ($39) and Everett Community Colleges ($40) for no good reason.
We need you to attend the Board of Trustees meeting on March 14th, 3:30, in the boardroom at the Broadway Performance Hall.
We want the presence of faculty to be felt by the trustees and the administrators as we head into mediation. We want them to hear from faculty about how our working conditions are student learning conditions, setting the stage for success. We want them to see the commitment of faculty to our colleges, programs and students.
Please join the AFT Negotiations Team on the 14th to demonstrate to the Board and Admin that you care about your working conditions.
Are you willing to speak for 2-3 minutes? (topics of comments can be: workload equity, connection between working conditions and learning conditions, increased demands on faculty for whatever reason, etc.)
Karen Strickland, AFT1789 President