Faculty contract negotiations finalized

Following negotiations and finalizing details, Sept. 7 saw the approval of a Master Agreement between the Monroe County Community College

Faculty Association and the Community College District of Monroe County. The MCCC Board of Trustees approved the agreement unanimously.

Effective immediately, the Master Agreement provides updates to current faculty contracts and runs until Aug. 22, 2021. Updates include a 1% salary increase across both years the contract is active, along with an improved dental insurance plan.

MCCC Faculty Association President Mark Bergmooser and Chief Negotiator Wendy Wysocki built a team of faculty to aid in negotiations.

Bergmooser and Wysocki had established a team in the fall of 2018.

“You can start doing some negotiating with the district beforehand, but officially it happens after the first of the year,” Bergmooser explained.

During the course of negotiations, the term “dispute” was used in reference to the process.

“These were just regular negotiations because our contract term was up. Our previous contract was three years, and it expired in August of 2019,”

Bergmooser written over the negative connotations of the word.

MCCC President Kojo Quartey was an advocate for approval of the agreement by the Board of Trustees as it provides a new level of acknowledgment and appreciation for faculty, according to a news release.

The completed contract is on the MCCC website under the Finance and Operations section.