The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees voted to approve a new faculty union contract at their meeting Dec. 1, effective 2015 through 2019.
Trustees unanimously approved the contract, which was a result of a collaborative effort between the college and faculty union to reach a mutual agreement that covers 218 union members.
“We believe we have reached an agreement that serves the students, the college, the community and our members well. The process took longer than all of us would have hoped, but much of that was due to circumstances beyond our control,” Faculty Union President Robert Marcink said. “We want to thank the Board and the administration team for working with us in an interest-based manner to do what is best for JJC. We look forward to continuing that collaboration for the next several years.”
Highlights of the contract include:
- Reduced risk to the college regarding potential increase of pension costs
- Increased contact between faculty members and students to improve student success
- Clarified roles that will result in improved operations
- Resulted in 1.75% salary increase in year one; 2.2% increase in year two; and increases for years three and four will be based on the Consumer Price Index when it is released for those years
- Overload oversight to improve student success and effectiveness
JJC President Dr. Debra Daniels said the agreement will have a positive impact on student success, operational efficiency, expense management, and performance management.
“I am pleased that those involved were able to establish a mutually beneficial agreement that is fiscally responsible and supportive of our valuable faculty,” Daniels said.