Faculty start semester without a contract


This word could be used for MCCC’s contract negotiations with the faculty.

Negotiators for the college and the faculty association (MCCFA), have been meeting throughout the spring and summer to discuss a new faculty contract, which would cover issues such as healthcare benefits and salaries.

“We have been bargaining since March 27,” said Dr. Patrick Nedry, who is chief negotiator for MCCFA.

Nedry said the college and the union reached accord on one issue – a health insurance plan to replace the plan that was expiring this month.

“We did agree,” he said about the health insurance benefits.

Under the agreement, faculty members are paying a portion of their health insurance premiums for the first time.

Deductibles also are increasing, he said.

“A whole lot of other matters were not decided, including salary,” he said.

Nedry said the college and the union are working with a state mediator to close the differences between them.

“This costs faculty money, and the district saves money,” he said about the current situation.

The next negotiating session will be Oct 4, he said.