Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Faculty Council proposes 2017-2018 compensation adjustment for preliminary budget building process

The DCCFA Faculty Council has submitted to District Talent Central, its preliminary proposal for faculty compensation adjustments for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. That document is available at this link. All faculty are encouraged and invited to review it. DCCFA members are invited to ask questions of their Welfare and Benefits representative and/or their Faculty Association president.

The first draft of the preliminary proposal was developed by the DCCFA Welfare and Benefits Committee, and then refined by the Council.

The proposal only addresses the 2017-2018 budget. The Welfare and Benefits Committee, and the Council, continue to work on a document that would address more long-term, structural issues in faculty compensation. 

Compression has been a problem 30+ years in the making, and it cannot be solved in one or two years.

In addition, our research has revealed, and Chancellor May reported to the Board last summer, that compression has been a significant drag on our efforts to increase diversity in the faculty ranks. While we have done a good job hiring diverse faculty, Board agendas/minutes back to 2006 revealed faculty resignations during that time disproportionately have been African-American and Latino faculty members.

This proposal again seeks to ameliorate compression in the 2017-2018 compensation adjustment through an across-the-board flat dollar increase, and a second flat-dollar increase for those whose salaries are compressed and who never will be able to benefit from the new three-year milestone increase. We also hope to realize an increase in the premium pay rate and hours.

The Council looks forward to productive and constructive dialogue as the 2017-2018 budget is built and figures evolve from theoretical to ballpark to actual.

All faculty should understand that state appropriations (as determined by the Texas Legislature), the local Taxable Assessed Value (as determined by the Dallas County Tax Assessor), and the DCCCD property tax rate (as determined by the DCCCD Board of Trustees), will determine the 2017-2018 DCCCD revenue and thus the DCCCD budget, and consequently the dollars available for compensation adjustments.

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