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ECC board approves three-year contract with faculty union


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 education).   

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 learning."

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 percent. 

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.