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.
Rocha presented a nine-page statement officially known as the districtâ€™s Last, Best, and Final Offer (LBFO).
â€œThis is a release to the members of the taxpaying public,â€ Rocha said. â€œSo one of the reasons we are doing this today is to release it to the public, not just the college community.â€
Senior Vice President Robert Miller said of the proposal that it is best for students, and is fair to both faculty and taxpayers.
â€œTaxpayers, in terms of what they expect to get from their investment in higher education,â€ he said. â€œFaculty, 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 â€¦ to support their education.â€
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.
â€œThis is not because we are trying to play tough guy,â€ Rocha said. â€œIf the union accepts it, then weâ€™re done, we have an agreement, and we move forward.â€
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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