The Hartnell College Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a faculty contract yesterday (Oct. 26).
As a result of the contract, full-time faculty members will receive raises of 3 percent for 2004-05 and 2005-06, and 5 percent for 2006-07. As for 2007-08, salary increases are unknown at this time as the state has yet to determine the COLA for that year.
Faculty members also will receive increases in health and welfare benefits. The health and welfare increases are an additional $1,680 /year for 2004-05, an additional $1,200/year for 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08, according to Larry Carrier, vice president of administrative services.
Carrier also said the approximate cost incurred in 2006-07 for the 2004-05 year will be $1.6 million with an ongoing expense of $562,350. He said the approximate cost incurred in 2006-07 for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 years will be $1.9 million with an ongoing expense of $1.3 million.
The adoption of the contract ends two years of negotiations.
When negotiations seemed to be deadlocked last week, the Faculty Association chose to strike last Friday (Oct. 20), and a state mediator was called in to assist.
Following a marathon session with the mediator that last until 2 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 24), the Hartnell administration and the faculty representatives agreed upon a tentative contract.
That contract was officially adopted by the board yesterday.
Teachers have returned to the classroom.
Commenting on the settlement, Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau said he was "very happy the situation has been resolved."
Noting the lengthy negotiations, he continued, "It's now time for us to begin the healing process and move forward."