HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After several rounds of negotiations, Hutchinson Community College and its faculty have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
According to HutchCC President Dr. Carter File, the faculty approved the new contract last week and it will now go before the Board of Trustees for action during a regular meeting on Thursday. If the board gives approval, it will end a long round of negotiations that included both sides declaring an impasse Aug. 2. A mediator was brought in at that time to try to get both sides closer to an agreement.
The contract calls for a 3.5%, or $1,250 pay increase, whichever is greater, along with $20 added to what the college pays for benefits. The board will also be asked to approve a similar 3.5% or $1,250 pay increase for classified and administrative staff for the year.
File says the total pay and benefits amount to about $660,000 to the budget.
Thursday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Shears Technology Center on the HutchCC Campus.