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Elgin CC Adjuncts Lose Option to Self-Insure

by TAA Staff

WITH MANAGED HEALTH care and retroactive pay increases included,
Elgin Community College released its tentative two-year contract
agreement with its faculty union on July 17th. ECC’s faculty
union voted to ratify the contract that same week, and shortly
thereafter the board of trustees did the same. Though several
issues, including pay increases for both full-timers and adjuncts,
appear to be resolved, others were not. In the new contract,
full-time faculty will have to choose managed care, and adjunct
teachers will not be allowed to purchase health insurance.

“It’s a pretty good two-year contract,” union President David
Sujak said. “But all it does is buy us some time.”

Faculty members have been working without a new contract
since Jan. 1, 2001. Talks broke off in mid-December when the
two sides could not a reach common ground on insurance, salaries
and workload equity. On Feb. 6, 2001 teachers walked off the
job for the first time in ECC’s 52-year history. Faculty members
returned to their classrooms a week later with what they thought
was a tentative contract agreement. However, that deal fell
through a week later when both sides realized they had different
interpretations over retirement savings.

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