Thank you to all our members and allies who made AAFMCC's Informational Picket a success!
Check out The Macomb Daily article here: https://www.macombdaily.com/news/local/mcc-adjunct-faculty-protest-lack-of-contract/article_a31bc422-d581-11e8-8e6f-1b33e1ae1dcf.html
AAFMCC encourages members to vote for Eugene Groesbeck for MCC Board of Trustees on November 6.
Eugene is supportive of AAFMCC, and he has demonstrated his support by standing in solidarity and joining AAFMCC at our Informational Picket on Oct. 19 and at the Board of Trustees' Meeting on Oct. 23.
Please read the following message from Eugene to learn more about his background and qualifications:
Hello, I am a candidate for the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. This isn't the first time I've been a candidate for the MCC Board of Trustees. In fact, I've campaigned for the office on numerous occasions in the past. I am a strong advocate of MCC and its mission having graduated from MCC in 1979. I'm fond of saying MCC is where I discovered my brain. Also, my family has deep ties to MCC as my late uncle, Harvey Groesbeck, was a charter member of the Board of Trustees.
I am retired from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office where I worked for twenty five years as a Corrections Deputy. While employed at the sheriff's office I was very active in the Macomb County Professional Deputy Sheriff's Association, the union representing the uniformed staff of the department. I served as steward, vice-president and president of the organization. As such, I was intimately involved in collective bargaining and employee grievance issues as well as representing our members in disciplinary proceedings. I also have a proven track record of community involvement as a volunteer mediator with the Resolution Center in Mt. Clemens and a member of the Foster Care Review Board in Macomb County where I currently serve as chairman. Since retiring from the sheriff's office in 2014 I have been a Special Investigator with the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service where I conduct employment related background investigations.
In addition to being a graduate of MCC with a Liberal Arts Degree, I also have a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Lake Superior University and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Wayne State University. I believe that my education, employment history and volunteerism in the community make me uniquely qualified to be a member of MCC's Board of Trustees and hope you agree.
I have been endorsed by three MCC employee unions: the Association of Adjunct Faculty of Macomb Community College(AAFMCC), AFSCME Local 2172.15 & AFSCME Local 2172.16. I have also been endorsed by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO.
I would very much appreciate your vote on the non-partisan section of the ballot on November 6th, which is coincidentally my 59th birthday! If I can answer any questions/concerns relating to my candidacy please don’t hesitate to ask!
PS: Please share this with your family and friends. Word of mouth is very important in a campaign such as this. Thank you!!
The MCC Board of Trustees’ Meeting that was cancelled on Wednesday, has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., at Center Campus (University Center, Lecture Hall B).
We need to keep the momentum going!
Please considering joining us on the meeting on Monday!
Today is the day we make history at Macomb Community College, and today is the day we need everyone to step up and show up.
What? A peaceful Informational Picket
When? Today, Friday, Oct. 19
What time? 4:30-6:30/7 (come when you can)
Where? MCC Center Campus
Outside the Center for The Performing Arts/Lorenzo
Meet in the Southeast Corner of Parking Lot 4 (the lot
directly in front of the Performing Arts/Cultural Center
Who will be picketing?
Why are we picketing?
We want to bring attention to what’s been happening at the bargaining table.
More specifically, we are responding to what happened at yesterday’s bargaining session:
If you care, if you are concerned, if you support equity, improved working conditions, and a decent living wage for yourself and your adjunct colleagues, then SHOW UP AT THE PICKET TODAY!
If you plan to attend please register so we can get an accurate count of attendees:
We need all members to join AAFMCC on the front line on Oct. 19th!
Bring your friends, spouses/partners, and whoever else you can.
There's power and safety in numbers.
It's time to make a statement so that we can make some gains at the bargaining table!
For more information, contact
We need to have a strong presence next week!
Thursday's bargaining session and Friday's Informational Picket have the potential to pave the way for real change but only if we bring the numbers!
If we want to improve our working conditions, we need to work at it.
We need to show The College that we're serious and that we're invested.
Let's stop talking about what we want to change.
Let's show up and make it happen!
For more information about next week's events, contact
The sad part is that I hadn't realized just how undervalued we are until yesterday. It is up to each of us to show them just how valuable we are, deserving of fairness and respect.
At yesterday's 4-hour bargaining session, Macomb "countered" AAFMCC's most current salary proposal by giving us the same offer that we received on Sept. 11:
When Denise Williams, MCC's VP of Human Resources and Lead Negotiator for The College, presented us with this salary proposal, this is what she had to say:
All of my cards are on the table...We are very close to our last best offer."
A $48 per-credit-hour raise over the course of three years is no "best offer."
In addition to this current salary proposal, AAFMCC is also discouraged by how The College has rejected the majority of our other proposals in one of the following ways:
1. by completely dismissing them
2. by accepting selective portions of them (and dismissing the rest)
3. by agreeing to a few minor changes
The College would rather maintain the current contract language rather than engage in productive conversations and work with AAFMCC to find mutually-beneficial solutions to the many, serious problems that we have brought to their attention at the table.
The College informed us that they didn't anticipate making any major changes to the contract during negotiations, and even after acknowledging that we "did a really good job" of presenting our proposals and the problems that need to be addressed in our contract, The College has no interest in making the large-scale changes that our contract so desperately needs.
That The College is unwilling to put in the work to make MCC a better place for the majority of their employees demonstrates, once again, that WE are not a priority.
Come see for yourself.
Join us at the bargaining table on Friday, Oct. 5.
Center Campus, P-128