JJC Board Approves New Four-Year Contract for Faculty Union

A new, four-year faculty union contract was approved by the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees at the May 10 meeting.

The contract, which covers 212 full-time faculty members and runs through June 30, 2015, has a fixed salary schedule and includes increases in each year that reflect the general cost of living. The agreement also includes employee health care contributions that escalate over the course of the contract, which will offer significant savings to the college.

“Administration and faculty have reached an agreement that allows us to focus on student and area employer needs. The negotiation process furthered our working relationship and the new contract fosters the collaboration needed to continue high quality academic programs for our community,” said Dr. Valerie Roberson, vice president of academic affairs and a member of the college’s negotiating team.

In FY12 and FY13, the contract has a 1.5% salary increase and a 4% employee health care contribution that increases to 6% in FY13. In FY14, the contract has a 1.8% salary increase and 8% employee health care contribution. The final year of the contract, FY15, has a 2.2% salary increase and an 8% employee health care contribution.

In the first year of the contract, the college estimates an additional $547,000 in salary costs; however the college estimates it will save approximately $110,000 through the new employee health care contribution and, conservatively, $175,000 due to a change in the way full-time faculty are paid for teaching additional courses.

“We are very pleased that we were able to negotiate a contract that will serve the college and the community for the next four years,” Faculty Union President Bob Marcink said. “We take pride here at JJC in our ability to work together. The Board, the administration and the faculty entered the negotiations with a spirit of cooperation, and that shows in the final product. It is a realistic contract that both reflects the times and positions the college for even better things in the future.”

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