ECC teachers OK contract
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org January 10, 2014 11:40AM
Elgn Community College teachers have approved a new contract wth the college. Details will be release after the ECC Board votes on the contract proposal Tuesday. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: February 13, 2014 6:42AM
ELGIN — The Elgin Community College Faculty Association has voted to approve a tentative new contract with the college, and the ECC Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss and also vote on the pact.
Teachers union spokeswoman Lori Clark said the faculty vote was taken at a live meeting of the union’s members on Thursday, a day when most of them had to return to campus after winter break. She said the vote was taken by voice and was not unanimous but the majority did endorse the pact reached between bargaining teams for the association and the college’s administration on Dec. 19.
Clark and college officials said details of the three-year agreement will not be released until after the trustees vote next week. They declined to say what the most contentious issues had been.
The board members announced Friday that they will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. That meeting will begin with a closed session to discuss labor relations, then move to a public session for board members to vote on the proposed labor contract.
The college and faculty have worked under a series of three-year contracts in recent decades. The current one expired Dec. 31.
Clark said this was only the second time in about 30 years that faculty and administration negotiating teams have been able to reach a tentative agreement before the previous contract expired.
The last time a faculty contract expired, on Dec. 31, 2010, the two sides didn’t reach a new agreement until four months later, in April 2011.
The last teachers’ strike at ECC occurred in February 2001.
When the tentative agreement was announced on Dec. 20, the only comment in a written statement from Board Chair Donna Redmer was that “we are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with our faculty members, so we can continue to work together on student success.”