What is the MVCC PA?
The MVCC Professional Association (PA) is the union representing over 200 faculty members and non-administrative professional staff at Mohawk Valley Community College. Why have the faculty and professional staff at MVCC organized a union? Simply put, for the same reason other teachers and other groups of employees organize unions: to have a voice at work.
A union is a group of individuals united to work for the group’s collective benefit. In our case, the PA motto says it all: “United for Excellence in Education.” We are unified, allied, to work for the improvement of education and services at Mohawk Valley Community College. Why? Because we are professionals who want to provide the best education possible to the students of Mohawk Valley Community College and need certain support and resources to do so.
One way the PA works to help provide the best education possible for MVCC students is by having a collective bargaining agreement, or a contract, with the college. It outlines the roles, rights, and responsibilities as well as the terms and conditions of employment for all PA members. It is simply a rulebook, or a guidebook, that the college and the PA use to ensure openness and fairness between and among the groups.
Another way the PA works to help provide the best education possible for MVCC students is by encouraging the active involvement of its members in the community through a variety of outreach, fundraising, awareness raising, and charity events throughout the Mohawk Valley. The PA works hard to keep our focus on the population we serve most directly: our students. Since a significant number of our students come from or currently reside in the Greater Utica area, it’s imperative that we show them just how much the PA believes in supporting our community.
In this way–by actively participating in community outreach events such as these–we demonstrate our commitment to social and economic justice, to support food pantries so that the hungry can eat, to actively advocate for awareness of conditions that negatively affect the health and lives of our neighbors. We are literally out there, working in cooperation with local organizations, to show that we take active responsibility in supporting the community in which we reside. This is what our union is all about: working to ensure the support & resources we need to provide the best education possible to MVCC students and participating in and supporting our communities.