It’s time to say NO to second-class treatment by Community College negotiators.
During recent contract negotiations, the state displayed disrespect for Community College employees and the work we do.
- They say NO to fair wage increases for Community College employees.
- They want TAKEAWAYS in our paid leave benefit.
After years of takeaways, we need a fair contract that includes real raises and no additional costs to our healthcare.
Enough is enough. We will accept no less.
Community College employees struggle:
- Over 3000 Community College employees system-wide qualify for food stamps and public assistance.
- Burger King – and other low paid jobs – pays MORE than many entry-level jobs at Community Colleges in Washington state.
- 99% of Community College employees are paid LESS than market rate for the jobs they do.
- And 75% of community college employees are more than 25% behind in pay.
- Washington Community Colleges are increasingly using part-time hourly workers, paying them LESS to do the same work.
- Since 2012, Washington Community Colleges have hired over 2800 part-time hourly workers — just in WFSE represented bargaining units. Of these, 990 have accumulated more than 12 months of work yet are considered ‘temporary’ by the Colleges. In General Government part-time hourly employees become permanent employees after 12 months of work. Why does this double-standard exist in our Community Colleges?
- 59% of all Washington college students now attend a Community College but Washington has cut the workforce by 19% since 2009-’10. Now only 17,724 staff work in the WA Community Colleges, compared to 21,667 employees in 2010.
- Reduction in workforce and heavy workloads AND low pay means high turnover in our Community College jobs.