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ECC teachers to get raises as part of 3-year contract

ELGIN – Faculty members at Elgin Community College will receive raises as part of a three-year contract agreement that was ratified Tuesday between the Community College District 509 Board of Trustees and the ECC Faculty Association, according to information posted at ECC’s website.

The agreement ended negotiations that began in September.

According to the website, the 141 full-time faculty members will receive a 1.5 percent increase in 2014, a 2.25 percent increase in 2015 and a 2.5 percent increase in 2016. They also will receive variable increases for “step movement,” awarded for teaching experience, and “lane movement,” awarded for additional education.

Part-time adjunct faculty members will receive a 2.25 percent increase in 2014, a 2.25 percent increase in 2015 and a 2.5 percent increase in 2016. Some adjunct faculty members will receive step and lane movement increases. There are 385 adjunct faculty members at ECC.

“We are happy to have a new agreement with our faculty, so we can continue working together on student success,” Donna Redmer, chair of the board of trustees, said, according to the website. “Both teams worked hard, negotiated fairly and kept the lines of communication open, so we could reach a new agreement before the last contract ended.”

Among other details of the contract, the website reported, will be a change in health insurance. Faculty association members will pay 11 percent of the cost for health care in the first year, 12 percent in the second year and 13 percent in the third year. In the previous contract, that amount was 5 percent, 7.5 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

“We want to provide our students with the best experiences in our classrooms, and that starts with an excellent faculty,” ECC President David Sam said. “This agreement is a clear commitment to our mission of improving people’s lives through learning.”

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