Faculty contract settled before prior agreement expired

September 3, 2019

At the Aug. 12 meeting of Jackson College Board of Trustees, the Board unanimously approved a faculty labor agreement that will run from Sept. 1, 2019, until Aug. 31, 2022.

Both negotiating teams tentatively agreed upon the faculty contract on July 23, more than a month before the expiration of the current labor contract. This is the first time in the history of negotiated faculty contracts at the College that approval occurred before the expiration of the current contract.

Both negotiating teams contributed to this mutual success through the fostering of common goals and collegial interactions at the table, based on respect for the concerns and positions of all stakeholders. “The conversation was always polite and respectful,” said Cindy Allen, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.

“Negotiation is always hard work when so many interests are represented, but working with teams — not just across from them at a table — allows us to be efficient and effective,” said Associate Professor Alana Tuckey, president of the Jackson College Faculty Association.

Jackson College President Daniel Phelan extended his and the Board’s appreciation noting, “We greatly appreciate the spirit of collaboration extended by Alana Tuckey and the faculty team in this negotiation. Our collective focus on the Total Commitment to Student Success (TCS2) has resulted in a culture that can achieve great things, and this is the most recent example.”