Community College Coalition Bargaining Updates

We Have a Contract!

September 30, 2020

The results are in. 94% voted to ratify the Community College Coalition's 2021-2023 collective bargaining agreement.  

Thank you to the elected bargaining team, member activists, leadership and staff who worked to ensure we reached a fair contract. Our solidarity makes us unstoppable.

View the agreement summary.

The agreement accomplishes the following and more:

  • Continued yearly step increases
  • Preserved 85/15 cost share of health insurance premiums
  • Does not include mandatory temporary reduction in hours (furloughs)

Ratification Info

September 25, 2020

Voting instructions were emailed to members' personal emails along with a new PIN. Visit vote.wfse.org and select "online voting" to log in and cast your ballot. Vote by 4:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Questions or difficulty voting? No worries. Contact our Member Connection Center at 833-MCC-WFSE or [email protected].

Bargaining Update


September 24, 2020

Negotiations have concluded and a Tentative Agreement reached between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) classified bargaining units and the State Community College Coalition. As not every article was opened it does not cover every article or every provision.  The articles that have been changed are below.

Your CCC Bargaining Team recommends you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement

       TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS

Tentative Agreement Town Hall, 9/26

Meet the Team

The Community College Coalition Bargaining Team during the September 2, 2020 bargaining session.

WFSE 2021-2023 Community College Coalition (CCC) Bargaining Team. Photo taken during the (virtual) September 2, 2020 bargaining session.

Click here to meet the team.

Previous Bargaining Updates

September 16, 2020
September 2, 2020

August 5, 2020

September 16, 2020

This afternoon your CCC Bargaining Team met and reviewed management’s response to our most recent counter-proposal.

Management backed off one of their most unfair proposals, so thank you to all of you who wrote letters to State HR and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. You made a real impact.

But there’s still more work to do.

If you haven’t sent a letter yet, please consider doing so. You can help us win a fair contract: Community Colleges: Do Right by Your Classified Staff. (Update: Letter campaign closed 9/24)

You will continue to hear from us as things change and progress.

In solidarity,
Your CCC Bargaining Team

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September 2, 2020

Since our last bargaining update, a WFSE-led coalition of labor unions secured an agreement that maintains the 85/15 healthcare premium cost share, a huge win given the current economic crisis.

Now we have to defend our step increases and work conditions. Here’s how things went on that front during yesterday's bargaining session.

Management’s Proposal

Your Community College Coalition (CCC) Bargaining Team reviewed an initial contract proposal from management for the 2021-2023 biennium that would, yet again, attempt to balance the state’s budget on the backs of classified employees, many of whom are barely getting by.

In response to this “scorched earth” approach, we had one thing to say: WOW.

Management keeps reiterating that in light of the current economic disaster, “everyone needs to take a hit.” But it’s clear that by “everyone” they just mean us.

You can help us win a fair contract: CLICK HERE (Update: Letter campaign closed 9/24)

In light of the fact that…

  • Many of the colleges are already laying people off
  • Many of the colleges chose not to participate in the SharedWork program that would have preserved jobs and saved money
  • Their proposal is just an attempt to claw back the 3 percent general increase we won in July, and would in fact result in the loss of much more

…we pushed back hard.

Our Counter-Proposal

Recognizing that the impacts of COVID-19 and the fiscal situation of each district differ, and that the labor markets are not homogeneous across districts, we pushed back on management’s one-size-fits-all approach to cost savings.

Our counter-proposal would ensure that the effects of the budget crisis are felt equitably and that taxpayers like us, who already pay the greatest share of our income in taxes to support the budget, won’t take the biggest hit.

This isn’t just about our economic survival, but the survival of working families and communities across the state.

You can help us win a fair contract: CLICK HERE (Update: Letter campaign closed 9/24)

In solidarity,

Your CCC Bargaining Team

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August 5, 2020

This morning, your Community College Coalition (CCC) Bargaining Team presented a proposal to management urging equity in budget cutting measures resulting from the recession, pandemic, and ongoing enrollment declines.

While management indicated a similar desire to prevent classified employees from taking the brunt of the economic damage, the fact is that this is already happening.

Colleges have independently implemented furloughs, layoffs, and other cost-saving measures that disproportionately impact classified staff.

We share the mission of the colleges we work at—to enrich our communities and create an ideal environment for student learning and success. We know the services we provide are the infrastructure that makes fulfilling this mission possible.

The long-term solution to protecting our jobs, families, and communities is balancing our state’s upside-down tax code, but we won’t accomplish that before our contract needs to be ratified on October 1.

While we wait for management to respond to our proposal, your bargaining team will:

  • Continue to meet to ensure we are in a strong position to push back against unfair across-the-board concessions
  • Be prepared to send a counter to management to offset any cost increases for our members should the state propose a change to the 85/15 employer/employee split of heath care costs later this month.

You’ll hear from us!

In solidarity,

Your CCC Bargaining Team

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THE 2021-2023 COMMUNITY COLLEGE COALITION BARGAINING TEAM 

Need help reaching your bargaining team representative? Contact the Member Connection Center at 833-MCC-WFSE or at [email protected].

Election GroupTeam Member
Bellevue CollegeMichael Ortiz, Local 304
Community Colleges of SpokaneRick Pelfrey, Local 1221
Brenda Martinson, Local 1221
Everett Community CollegeMax Phipps, Local 1020
Laura Little, Local 1020
Green River Community CollegeAmanda Clifford, Local 304
Scott Beals, Local 304
Lower Columbia CollegeTracy Stanley, Council Secretary, Local 1400
Carol Moore, Local 1400
Peninsula CollegeTom Cline, Local 1463
Seattle College District - NorthMatthew Davenhall, Treasurer, Local 304
Seattle College District - SouthSandy Long, Local 304
Seattle College District - CentralDiane Ellis, Executive Board, Local 304
Seattle College DistrictJames Ellis, Local 304
Shoreline Community CollegePaul Fernandez, Executive Board, Local 304
James Doike-Foreman, Local 304
South Puget Sound Community CollegeTim Nairn, Local 443
Whatcom Community CollegeDan Andreason, Local 1060
Centralia CollegeVacant
Tacoma Community CollegeVacant

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