President Mark Rocha discussed the terms of the final contract offer to faculty union negotiators at a news conference in the Cap and Gown Room on Wednesday.

John Novak / Courier President Rocha holds a news conference on union contracts in the Cap and Gown room on Wednesday, Mar. 20.
John Novak / Courier
President Rocha holds a news conference regarding union contracts in the Cap and Gown room on Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Rocha presented a nine-page statement officially known as the district’s Last, Best, and Final Offer (LBFO).

“This is a release to the members of the taxpaying public,” Rocha said. “So one of the reasons we are doing this today is to release it to the public, not just the college community.”

Senior Vice President Robert Miller said of the proposal that it is best for students, and is fair to both faculty and taxpayers.

“Taxpayers, in terms of what they expect to get from their investment in higher education,” he said. “Faculty, in terms of what they need to get to be fairly compensated for the excellent work that they do, and students with perspective of maximizing the number of classes and sections … to support their education.”

According to Rocha, negotiations for a new contract have been prolonged since December. A deadline has been given for the Faculty Association to accept the current offer before certain elements expire such as a retirement incentive and salary increases, among other things.

“This is not because we are trying to play tough guy,” Rocha said. “If the union accepts it, then we’re done, we have an agreement, and we move forward.”

Rocha explained that if the union does not accept the current terms, negotiations will be mediated through an outside organization and will prolong the process by two months, before further action.

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