Trustee Martin and Trustee Fellow discussing their agreement with the Faculty Association at the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, February 18 in the Creveling Lounge. (Kristen Luna/ Courier)
Trustee Martin and Trustee Fellow discussing their agreement with the Faculty Association at the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, February 18 in the Creveling Lounge. (Kristen Luna/ Courier)

As expected, the agreement between the PCC Faculty Association and the Pasadena Area Community College District was passed unanimously at Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees’ meeting following the ratification of the document by 98 percent of the voting faculty.

Among other things, the new contract would compensate the faculty with an annual raise dating back to the 2012-13 academic year through the current academic year. This will be the first raise the PCC faculty has received since 2007 and breaks down to an increase in salary of 2 percent for 2012-13, 2.79 percent for 2013-14, 3 percent for 2014-15, and 3 percent for 2015-16 with an additional 1 percent raise for adjunct faculty.

“I hope the Faculty Association appreciates what this board has done,” said Trustee Anthony Fellow.

To which FA President Julie Kiotas responded, “The faculty believes that this is a fair contract, and long overdue.”

This agreement marks the end of an extremely turbulent bout between the two parties that lasted for years. As each motion passed, the entire room breathed a noticeable sigh of relief.

Trustee John Martin asked for a 20 second period to reflect on the matter because he was so glad that it was over.

“I’m just very grateful,” Martin added before the board moved on to the next item on the agenda.

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