What is Collective Bargaining?
The CFCE Negotiations Team negotiates with the Coast Community College District and they agree to a contract, known as the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), that covers wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. The contract covers all classified employees who work in the District. Before negotiations, CFCE surveys the membership and takes the members' feedback into consideration when determining when to sign off on a tentative agreement (TA). Then, CFCE members vote to approve (or "ratify") the contract before it becomes binding and after ratification, the contract cannot be changed without the agreement of both the District and CFCE. The CBA is generally a three-year agreement, with limited reopeners (where the parties may reopen wages, health benefits, as well as two other articles for negotiations each year).
How does CFCE Negotiate a Fair Contract?
The CFCE Negotiations team is trained in best pratices at the negotiations table. Their knowledge, strategy, and resolve can only go so far, though. During every negotiations cycle, the team hits a point where the District is unwilling to move any closer in CFCE's direction and the only way to move the District is to show our strength in numbers. When the members publicly support the negotiations team, we negotiate stronger contracts. The Negotiations Team may call on the membership to support them. When they do, please stand with them.
The CFCE Negotiations Team publishes an update, Table Talk, and distributes it via e-mail in order to share important developments at the bargaining table. Members can also find updates on the CFCE Facebook page, this website, and from members of the Negotiations Team.