The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees ratified a new oneyear contract with the NSCC Education Association at its meeting, Friday, Dec. 3.
The board approved a 2% pay increase for faculty members represented by the Education Association.
With step increases for additional education and-or additional years of experience, the average wage hike is 2.89%.
Mari Yoder, vice president for institutional advancement, said the two sides decided on a one-year contract based on concerns over state funding of community colleges.
Reports say the next twoyear state budget has about $8 billion in red ink. Legislators and state officials will be looking for places to cut spending.
“We’ll wait and see what happens next year,” she said.
The last NSCC contract, a three-year agreement, expired Aug. 15, 2010. Since that time, NSCCEA members have been working without a contract.
The new contract is retroactive to Aug. 16, 2010. Yoder said faculty members will receive a lump-sum payment equal to their raises, to cover the Aug. 16-present day period.
The previous contract covered the period of 2007-10 and featured raises of 4.5%, 3.35%, and 3%. In 2006, faculty members agreed to no pay raise.