HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Negotiations continue between Hutchinson Community College and its staff and employees on a new contract for next year.
So far, both sides have met four times with most of the discussion surrounding language items. But the two sides also disagree on a salary increase for employees. The employees are asking for a 7% pay increase across the board. The school has countered with 5%, which has been pretty much the standard for state colleges and universities this year, according to HutchCC President Dr. Carter File.
The 5% increase alone would add about $1 million to the budget, according to File. The two sides will meet Thursday afternoon before the regular board of trustees meeting. File will give the board an update on negotiations in executive session, but no action will be taken during the meeting.