Faculty Association President Glenn Hansen said that he was disappointed in the college’s position.
“At the end of this long session, they gave out what was obviously a prepared proposal,” Hansen said of the offer made by the college at the end of the Friday mediation session. “They had this all planned out.”
Hansen went on to say that there was a small amount of movement in two of the main sticking points between the parties, summer school salary and salary for non-traditional methods of teaching.
But he said the college was being misleading about the salary issue, claiming that the four-year offer amounts to an increase of 3.42 percent. He said that the average over four years is closer to 1 percent per year.
Moreover, Hansen said the college wanted to reserve the right to change member’s benefits based solely on financial reasons, but without negotiations.
Hansen downplayed the possibility of a faculty walkout, saying that teachers would continue to work without a contract.
“There’s nothing that would force us to go on strike,” he said.”