Faculty contract approved

After months of negotiating between MCCC’s faculty and administration, the Board of Trustees approved a faculty contract.

The trustees’ vote of 7-0 at the Dec. 18 special meeting covered the 71 full-time faculty positions at MCCC.

The faculty contracts expired in August, and negotiations for a new contract had been going on since last spring.

The new contract will run through August 24, 2012, and provides for two major economic components, according to MCCC President David Nixon. One component is a freeze on the salary schedule for each of the contract’s two years.

The other component is a change to the faculty’s health insurance plan, resulting in projected premium savings to MCCC of more than $300,000 during the contract’s term.

Also included in the agreement were three one-time $500 payments, one for the beginning of the winter semester, and one for next September and January for faculty at the top of the salary schedule.

Nixon said the trustees’ ratification of the contract is a significant recognition of the college and faculty working together to responsibly deal with the challenging economic times.

The new Faculty Association Master Agreement is available on the MCCC Web site in the “Finance and Operations” section, which can be found at www.monroeccc.edu/finance.