During a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, the
Community College District 509 Board of Trustees ratified a new
three-year contract agreement with the ECC Faculty Association
(ECCFA), completing negotiations that began in September 2013. The
union's members reviewed and ratified the agreement on Thursday,
Jan. 9. The two sides reached a tentative agreement on Dec. 19,
2013; the previous contract was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2013.
"We are happy to have a new agreement with our faculty so we can
continue working together on student success," says Donna Redmer,
EdD, chair of the board of trustees. "Both teams worked hard,
negotiated fairly, and kept the lines of communication open so we
could reach a new agreement before the last contract ended."
Under the terms of the agreement, the 141 full-time faculty
members of ECCFA will receive a 1.5 percent increase to their base
in 2014, a 2.25 percent increase in 2015, and a 2.50 percent
increase in 2016. They also will receive
modest, variable increases for step movement (awarded for
additional teaching experience) and lane movement (for additional
Part-time adjunct faculty members of ECCFA will receive a 2.25
percent increase in 2014, a 2.25 percent increase in 2015, and a
2.50 percent increase in 2016. Some adjunct
members also will receive modest, variable increases for step
movement (awarded for additional teaching experience) and lane
movement (for additional education). There are 385 adjunct faculty
members at the college.
Additionally, this contract allows for adjunct faculty members
to request sabbatical and provides for an increased focus on campus
safety training for all faculty members.
"We want to provide our students with the best experiences in
our classrooms and that starts with an excellent faculty," says
President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM. "This agreement is a clear
commitment to our mission of improving people's lives through
Other agreement details include a change in payment for health
insurance. ECCFA members will take on a greater share of the
expense of their own coverage. In the first year of the contract,
they will pay 11 percent of the cost; the second year, 12 percent;
and the third year, 13 percent. This is increased from the previous
contract of 5 percent, 7.5 percent, and 10 percent respectively. In
addition, the contribution rate for family coverage will increase
to 21 percent in the second year and 22 percent in the third year,
which is an increase from the current contribution rate of 20
The increase in compensation to ECCFA members averages 3.9
percent annually and, over the three-year contract period, will
cost the college a total of $5.6 million. The college's total
budget for fiscal year 2014 is $137 million. The new contract ends
Dec. 31, 2016.
In keeping with Elgin Community College's dedication to
providing access to key information, the complete agreement will
soon be made public and available on elgin.edu.