BANGOR — After more than a year of negotiations, faculty at the state’s technical colleges is working under new contracts.
Classified staff also negotiated and recently ratified contracts with the Maine Technical College System.
At their meeting last Wednesday, the system’s board of trustees unanimously approved contracts that had been ratified by members of the Maine Education Association and the Maine State Employees Association.
“In light of these economic times, I’m pleased we’ve reached an agreement,” the system’s president, John Fitzsimmons, said Monday.
The system’s 300 faculty members, which are represented by the MEA, had been working without a contract since July 1994. The new three-year contract, which was ratified by union members in October, calls for retroactive cost-of-living adjustments totaling 5 1/2 percent. An additional step in the payscale will be added in July of next year.
The staff contract, which covers 225 employees, calls for a 2 percent cost-of-living increase this year with the addition of a step at the top of the payscale in the second year of the two-year contract.
Both contracts call for the establishment of labor-management committees at the system and individual college level. The committees will work to ensure communications between administration and faculty and staff as well as undertaking a wage analysis survey. The analysis, which will compare faculty and staff salaries at the technical colleges with those at comparable institutions within the state and New England, is scheduled to be complete by June 1996.