Highland Community College Trustees Ratify Faculty Contract

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FREEPORT (WIFR) — The Highland Community College Board of Trustees ratified a new contract with the HCC Faculty Senate Local 1957 at their December Board meeting. The key provisions of the 2-year agreement, previously approved by the faculty, include an increase on the base salary of 2% for the first year and 2.5% for the second year, as well as a change in the employee percentage share paid for health insurance premiums from 14% to 18% over the course of the agreement. The settlement is retroactive to the beginning of the fall 2013 semester at which time the previous 3-year contract expired.

“The negotiation teams benefitted from shared training in the ‘Getting to Yes’ negotiation model before talks began,” said HCC President Dr. Joe Kanosky. “I think that the principle of negotiating with the goal of getting to a win-win agreement for both sides benefitted the talks and the final terms.”

Trustees also approved a fiscal year 2014 annual flat salary increase for eligible administrative, professional and non-union classified staff that ranges between .7% and 4.5% dependent upon each employee’s current salary rate. The increase is in keeping with the conservative budget guidelines projected for the current year, according to college officials. The employee percentage share paid for health insurance premiums will also change for full-time administrative, professional and non-union classified staff from 14% to 18% over the next two fiscal years.

In other action, trustees approved

- the appointment of Todd Vacek as full-time Auto Body instructor, effective for fall 2014

- second readings of revised policy on sexual and other harassment; new policy on concealed carry and weapons; and revised policy on special use and disabled parking permits

- the list of part-time instructors, overload, and other assignments

- the Nursing and Allied Health Student Handbook

- an interfund transfer from Operations and Maintenance, Restricted Fund to the Educational Fund in the amount of $150,000 in order to have enough funds available for the January 1 regular payment on the College’s 2012 Refunding Debt Certificates, which were originally issued in 2006

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