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  • 12 Oct 2018 9:28 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Here is the HLC letter of response that was sent this morning to District Administrative Leadership by representatives of the Higher Learning Commission regarding the complaint lodged by the Faculty Association with the HLC.  

    Note that the HLC has requested of the Chancellor: " expedited review of this complaint since this is the second recurrence of issues about MCC(CD) being brought forth to HLC for consideration this year."

  • 25 Sep 2018 6:27 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    The FA President informed the members of the Governing Board and the Administration that the Faculty Association has filed an official complaint with the Higher Learning Commission, in order to bring to HLC’s attention many of the problematic behaviors this Board has consistently exhibited.

    This step was not taken lightly, nor without due consideration as to the potential ramifications of such an action. The Association has filed this complaint because, as documented in the attached complaint, this Board has repeatedly demonstrated its lack of respect for higher education, its mission, its principles, and the value it provides to the community we serve.

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  • 08 Sep 2018 5:03 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    AAUP is coming in October to investigate violations to shared governance due primarily to the elimination of meet and confer. 

    AAUP Will Investigate Apparent Violations at Maricopa

    National Faculty Association Investigates MCCCD Over Decision To Eliminate Meet And Confer

  • 07 Sep 2018 4:36 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)
    The Board's refusal to listen to the FA concerns regarding the exclusion of faculty in shared governance and the Board’s dismissal of the VNC as the action of union fear mongering exacerbated this failure. We pushed the point that the technology should serve teaching and learning and not the other way around to no avail.

    September 7, 2018

    'A chronic problem': Maricopa Community Colleges still struggling with payroll errors

    September 5, 2018

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    VIDEO: Major payroll problems at Maricopa Community Colleges

  • 20 Jun 2018 1:09 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Check out the updated website at or by clicking on FacPAC on the menu. 

    Volunteer events have been added to the PAC homepage that you can register for. Any help is appreciated!

  • 27 Apr 2018 7:43 AM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Below is the letter of support for K-12 educators that was recently adopted by FEC. It is being issued as a press release and being sent to representatives of the teacher's unions. 

    The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association Supports K-12 Teachers' Goals of Increased Funding

    The people of Arizona want a high-quality K -12 education system, and they demonstrated their support by passing Proposition 100, Proposition 301, and Proposition 123 over the years. Those ballot measures were intended to increase teacher pay and increase support for the classroom. During the recession, not all of the Prop 301 funds were allocated according to the law. Litigation ensued and resulted in a settlement of about half of the funds being returned to their intended purpose. More recently, the Legislature passed a twenty-year extension of a fully funded Prop 301 by a more than 95% bipartisan vote of both houses. This secured almost $650 million for Arizona’s K-12 system along with minor funding for universities and community colleges.

    Sadly, those efforts have proven inadequate. Arizona K-12 schools are finding it increasingly difficult to staff schools with highly qualified teachers. Teachers have been more active than at any point in their history in bringing their plight to the attention to the public and the state’s leaders. Their efforts have resulted in a policy statement by Governor Ducey proposing a 20% increase in salaries over the next several years. The teachers are looking for the details of this position to be fleshed out, most importantly the source of the funding.

    The success of students enrolling in community colleges depends heavily upon the education they receive in K -12. Inadequate funding of our K -12 schools also impacts the state’s ability to attract quality jobs and maintain high-tech and other industries that need an educated workforce to succeed. Teacher and staff compensation should be made more competitive with teacher salaries offered by surrounding states and with salaries in private industry. 

    The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association supports our K-12 teachers in their efforts to obtain a 20% increase in their compensation and increased funding for support staff compensation. The current teacher shortage in Arizona will be reduced by the proposed salary increase. Such an increase will also be a powerful statement of the importance of teachers to our next generation. The State of Arizona should budget for raises and cost of living allowances for both teachers and staff.  

  • 11 Mar 2018 1:53 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)
    Videos of the February 27, 2018 Governing Board Meeting have been posted on our YouTube page. They have been broken up into chunks so that it is easy to share the pieces that you wish. They have also been properly captioned and have transcripts. The captions can be translated into many languages. Thank you to one of our members who put a lot of time into helping with this!

    Public Comments, Discussion, and Vote:

    Discussion and Vote:

    Public Comments:

    FEC Report:

  • 27 Feb 2018 9:07 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    The Governing Board voted on a resolution that eliminates the RFP and Meet & Confer: Resolution of the Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District Regarding Policies Governing Residential Faculty

    Here is a quick recap:

    • New Board member Augustine Bartning offered a replacement resolution to keep Meet and Confer but take discussions about compensation, benefits, and wages out of the process. Voted down by Hendrix, McGrath, Haver and Livingston. Bartning, Thor, and Saar voted in favor.
    • Thor proposed amendment that the RFP be extended until July 1, 2019. Voted down by Hendrix, McGrath, Haver and Livingston. Thor, Saar, and Bartning voted in favor. Thor then proposed to move motion indefinitely. Nobody would second it.
    • Hendrix moved rescinding reassigned time for any FEC member and M&C team member. Mentioned collective bargaining and union building. Passed 5 to 2 with Hendrix, Haver, Livingston, McGrath, and Bartning voting for it. Thor and Saar voted against.
    • Vote on proposed resolution on agenda - Thor, Bartning, Saar voted no - Hendrix, McGrath, Haver, and Livingston voted yes.
  • 22 Feb 2018 6:38 PM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    Here is the video of the Special Governing Board Meeting an audience member recorded using a cell phone. (Thank you!) A better quality video will be coming but wanted to get it out as soon as possible.

    To discuss the video, please log in to the Message Board. To do so, you must create an account if you don't have one already. 

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  • 20 Feb 2018 8:05 AM | Megan McGuire (Administrator)

    4:00 p.m. PRESENTATION ON MEET AND CONFER - please try to be there for this part.

    4:30 p.m. | Governing Board Room (M200)—Second Floor


    *We will have a booth set up across the street.

520 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

The Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association is a 501(c)5 voluntary labor organization composed of current and retired Residential Faculty of the ten Maricopa Colleges.

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