MHCC and Part-Time Faculty and Tutors Agree on New Contract
Posted: Nov. 29, 2010
The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education and the 500-plus members of the Part-Time Faculty & Tutor Association (PFTA) have ratified a new four-year contract, effective retroactively to July 1, 2009.
“We are pleased the agreement has been reached and the College continues to appreciate the important role that our part time instructors and tutors play in assisting our students to meet their educational goals,” said Brian Freeman, chairman of the MHCC District Board.
Freeman added the compensation and benefits package was ratified unanimously by the PFTA and “not only meets the needs of the bargaining unit, but also helps the College during a particularly challenging economic period.” The College is anticipating a budget shortfall of at least $5.5 million in the next biennium, starting in July 2011.
The main economic features of the agreement address COLA (cost of living adjustment), salary, health trust fund and self-pay health plans.
The new contract will include a COLA for the third and fourth years (1 percent and 2 percent, respectively).
The College and the Association agreed to form a committee to examine the salary of comparable positions at comparable community colleges (Lane, Chemeketa, Clackamas, Linn-Benton and Portland). The study will be completed by May 1, 2011. If the results determine that salaries for MHCC part-time faculty and tutors are below the market average, the salary schedule will be increased in years three and four. Together, the COLA and the market comparability adjustment for salary will total no more than 2.5 percent for year three (2011-12) and 2.5 percent for year four (2012-13).
The College’s contribution to the Health Trust Fund will increase from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. The College maintains the trust fund for eligible PFTA members for partial reimbursement of health care premiums paid by employees who have no health insurance plan available to them through the College or do not have fully-paid coverage through other employment or as a dependent.
Subject to approval by OEBB (Oregon Educators Benefit Board), eligible part-time faculty and tutors will be able to purchase health insurance through OEBB.
“I’m really pleased with the College’s efforts to expand access to health insurance to MHCC’s part-time faculty and tutors,” stated Marilyn Pitts, PFTA president. She also cited non-economic enhancements to the agreement, such as those relating to mentoring, e-mail and hiring processes.
Besides PFTA, two other collective bargaining units represent MHCC full-time faculty and classified employees.