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MCC releases contract details ahead of Thursday meeting

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:15 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College reversed course Tuesday on withholding details of an agreed upon contract with its faculty association before a final vote is taken Thursday.

Residents can view the entire proposed contract on the college's website – or right here –  before the board of trustees votes on it Thursday at its board meeting at 6:30 p.m. The decision comes days after Crystal Lake School District 47 bucked the trend of withholding contract details from residents until a final vote when board members released the information Friday ahead of Monday's meeting.

Administrators had previously said the contract would not be available until after Thursday's board meeting at the college on 8900 Rt. 14 in Crystal Lake.

The new three-year contract comes after roughly 19 months of negotiations and an intent to strike declared by faculty in March after the association's negotiation team became frustrated with gridlock on the issues of salary advancement opportunities.

At the time, faculty members were concerned maximum advancement required a doctorate degree, which would prevent instructors in fields such as fire science, automotive, theatre and other subjects from achieving advancement because a doctorate degree would not be relevant to their studies.

Both sides came to an agreement that advancement would be achieved for every 15 credit hours of graduate-level courses completed for those pursuing a traditional masters or doctorate degree or a minimum of 225 clock hours of non-credit professional development activity.

Professional development activity can include events such as conference presentations, theatre productions and other relevant work to their respective field for faculty members not seeking advanced degrees.

There are eight salary lanes faculty members can move across, with starting salaries of $47,100 in the first lane and $68,295 in the eighth lane. Instructors that make it to the eighth lane and have taught for 20 years can earn the maximum salary of $121,989.

Faculty members will be required to pay for 25 percent of medical insurance premiums as part of the deal.

The deal is retroactive to the beginning of the current school year.

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