Mt. Hood Community College Board Ratifies Tentative Agreement with Classified Employee Association
Posted: December 22, 2010
The Mt. Hood Community College District Board of Education ratified a tentative agreement with the Classified Employee Association at its meeting last night.
While unusual to act before Association ratification, the negotiating teams for the College and Association had urged prompt ratification by the Board and the Association. The Board's action was intended to demonstrate clearly its good faith interest in bringing the negotiation process to a prompt and successful conclusion.
Once implemented, the terms of the three-year agreement would substantially improve the College's financial situation. Under the agreement, classified employees would receive a 1 percent COLA (cost of living adjustment) in the 2011-12 fiscal year and a 2 percent increase in the 2012-13 fiscal year and contribute 13 percent to the cost of medical and dental coverage. Changing to a percentage contribution formula represents a major improvement toward stabilizing operating costs for the College. Currently, classified employees contribute a cap of $75 per month, regardless of the escalation in insurance costs.
In another significant change, early retirement health coverage would be on a self-pay basis, except that the College would subsidize the cost by contributing $525 per month, plus a 5 percent annual increase until age 65. Currently, early retirees receive 100 percent free two-party medical coverage until age 65.
The Board thanks the members of the Classified Employee Association bargaining team for their personal sacrifices and the time dedicated to the negotiating process and looks forward its prompt ratification vote.