The MCC Faculty Association (MCCFA) and the McHenry County College (MCC) Board of Trustees reached an agreement on a three-year contract effective retroactively as of August 15, 2013 and extending through the day proceeding the first faculty employment day in 2016-2017.
A team of four administrators and four faculty members met regularly between December 2012 and April 2014 to negotiate terms of the new agreement, which covers approximately 106 full-time faculty members at the College. The MCCFA membership ratified the agreement on April 10, 2014 in a nearly unanimous vote, and it was approved by the Board at the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on April 24, 2014. The new contract includes an approximate average total compensation package increase of 3.45% per year.
"We are pleased to have come to this agreement that will allow McHenry County College to attract and retain faculty members who are dedicated to the College and its focus on student success," said Ronald Parrish, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "The collaborative process used by both negotiating teams was an admirable approach to help reach the agreement."
The final contract was achieved through recent facilitation by a professional mediator, provided to the College for free by the federal government. Through mediation, both parties were able to come to a fair and equitable agreement.
MCC Faculty Association co-president, Anne Humphrey, stated, "We are pleased that the negotiations process has concluded with a reasonable contract for all concerned and no disruption to classes or students. While this was a long process, we have appreciated the patience of our colleagues and the very hard work of our negotiating team. We also wish to thank the Board of Trustees for expressing interest in this process and listening to faculty concerns."
The final, approved contract is available on the College website at www.mchenry.edu/board or www.mchenry.edu/foia