College Trustees Approve Contract Agreement with Faculty Union
The 4-year contract, covering approximately 160 full-time and 500 part-time employees, calls for modest salary increases each year.
Bucks County Community College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a four-year contract with the Bucks County Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2238, at its regular meeting Thursday, September 14.
The contract, which covers approximately 160 full-time and 500 part-time employees, had been overwhelmingly ratified by union members last month. The trustees’ vote was the last step in the approval process.
The smooth approval process came as no surprise to Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, Bucks County Community College President.
“The negotiation process had been focused and positive, as both sides met over several months before the contract expired to come to this mutual agreement,” said Shanblatt. “We look forward to continued engagement with our faculty as we focus on our mission of providing excellent academic opportunities for our students.”
The contract is retroactive to August 15 and expires August 14, 2021. It includes annual salary increases of 2.4% in each of the first two years and 2.6% in each of the last two years.
“The faculty would certainly like higher increases that reflect the amount of work they put in to both their first priority, teaching, and their second priority, their significant role in maintaining the quality of the college through serving on committees,” said Professor John Strauss, union president. “However, faculty appreciate the college’s current financial situation, with the state’s contribution down and the county’s funding flat.”
Strauss noted that other significant changes include greater faculty involvement in college-wide decision processes, and an expanded dual-enrollment program, which offers Bucks County Community College courses to high school students at their high schools.