What can AAFMCC Members do to support our contract campaign?
What are the next steps?
Bargaining will reconvene the second week of September, and we strongly encourage AAFMCC members to join us for the following open bargaining sessions:
Why does AAFMCC want members to attend bargaining sessions?
What happened over the summer?
Are there any consequences to working without a contract? Does The College still need to uphold the old contract even though it is expired?
After a contract expires, an employer is legally obligated to “maintain the conditions of the current contract, including both written agreements and consistent past practices, as they relate to wages, hours and working conditions” per the Michigan Public Employees Relations Act. However, there are a certain things an employer may refuse to continue:
Currently, we expect the college will continue business as usual with regard to policies and practices. We are also not at an impasse and look forward to negotiations this fall.
When did our contract expire?
August 14, 2018
Why didn’t AAFMCC ratify a new contract before the old one expired?
AAFMCC intended on having a new contract in place before the old one expired. We began planning and preparing for bargaining well in advance:
However, some circumstances were out of our control:
So, why are we working without a contract?
In short, It’s NOT because AAFMCC wasn’t proactive or prepared. It’s because, for over five months, The College delayed and stalled our efforts to commence negotiations.
In By the Numbers 2018, Macomb reported employing 1,817 total staff members. 697 of those employees—38%—were adjuncts. The College showed no sense of urgency for the labor agreement that affects its largest employee group and neglected to prioritize the working conditions of 76% of its teaching staff.