Northwest State Accepts Fact-Finder’s Recommendation

VR LOGO - WEBThe Northwest State Community College Education Association (NSCCEA) voted to accept an April 6th, 2015 fact-finding recommendation for a new contract at their April 6, 2015 General Membership Meeting. The College’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the fact-finder’s recommendation for a new contract on April 10th, 2015. The Association’s 53 professional members have been working without a contract since August 16, 2014.

Jason Rickenberg, NSCCEA Co-President, said of the discussion at the April 6th meeting, “Members have overwhelmingly elected to accept the fact-finder’s recommendation. We urge the College Administration and Board to do the same. The fact-finder’s recommendation represents a reasonable compromise on salary and benefits that the Association is ready to embrace.” Ed Singer, NSCCEA Co-President added, “At this point, the College’s acceptance of the fact-finder recommendation means not only will this contract be settled but that a constructive process will be put in place to improve negotiations over the next contract.”

The NSCCEA voted unanimously on December 15, 2014 to authorize their bargaining team to set a strike date. The membership voted on March 26, 2015 to reauthorize the Association’s bargaining team’s option to call a strike should the Board of Trustees vote on April 10th to reject the fact-finding recommendation for a new contract.

The NSCCEA Professional Employees and the College have been in negotiations since June 2, 2014 without reaching an agreement. Mediation assistance was requested multiple times be the NSCCEA, each request for mediation was rejected by the College. In fact, the College refused the fact-finder’s offer to engage in formal mediation after the January 16th fact-finding hearing was cancelled due to the College’s failure to comply with STate law. The Board’s failure to comply with statutory procedures required the fact-finding hearing to be rescheduled from January 16th to February 27th, 2015.

The Northwest State Community College Education Association represents approximately 55 Professional Employees employed be Northwest State Community College.

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