MHCC District Board of Education Freezes Salaries and Increases Employee Healthcare Contributions

Posted July 14, 2010

At its meeting this evening, the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education passed two resolutions involving changes to the College’s handbook for management and confidential employees and these employees’ benefits and compensation package.

The revised handbook includes updated information, best practices and labor market comparability data. Also, the changes provide the flexibility necessary to more effectively and efficiently operate the College. The changes reflect the sacrifices that management and confidential groups, along with other MHCC employees, have made in the face of challenging economic times:

  • There will be no cost-of-living adjustment to management and confidential employees’ base salaries.
  • There will be no step increases to management and confidential employees’ base salaries.
  • The management and confidential employees’ in 2008 took a salary reduction equivalent to three days and that reduction will be continued indefinitely.
  • The management and confidential employees will be paying substantially more this year than last year for health care benefits.

Brian Freeman, newly-elected chair of the MHCC District Board of Education said, “MHCC’s state funding for the biennium has been reduced a total of $6,000,000. Therefore, everyone at MHCC was asked to be mindful of the budgetary realities, be willing to sacrifice to address the challenges, work together to find solutions to them and maintain open and honest communication. The Board’s decision tonight reflects the cooperation and collaboration that were demonstrated to achieve a common goal.”

Mr. Freeman added, “We admire and appreciate the management and confidential employees for being willing to sacrifice in this way for the betterment of the College and those we serve. They recognize that there is much to be proud of at MHCC, including increased enrollment and new academic programs, and that these sacrifices are necessary to help the College community move forward and overcome the challenges ahead.”

The College is currently negotiating new collective bargaining agreements with the full-time faculty, part-time faculty and tutors and classified associations. 

In previous action the Board approved a tuition increase of $5 per credit hour for a total of $76 per credit hour.

For more information on the handbook and compensation changes, contact Sheri Mosher at 503-491-7630 or

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