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Kaskaskia College trustees approve new bargaining contract with faculty

At its regular monthly meeting on July 25, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees reviewed and approved a new four-year contract with its faculty. The Kaskaskia College Federation of Teachers (IFT/AFT) previously ratified the new agreement, which runs through the summer of 2026.

“We [faculty] are pleased with the contract,” said KC Professor Pete Donnelly, president of the Kaskaskia College Federation of Teachers. “Like any negotiation, you don’t get everything you want, neither side does, but I feel we got a fair contract. The negotiating committees worked many long hours on this outcome, and I am indebted to their perseverance and dedication.”

“We are thankful we could come to a long-term agreement with the faculty,” said KC President George Evans. “This agreement provides protections for the college and the taxpayer while offering a very fair compensation package for the college faculty, which is well deserved. I appreciate the commitment of the union leadership in ensuring the college is in strong fiscal shape for the next generation of staff and faculty at KC.”

“The board of trustees thanks the KC Federation of Teachers and KC President George Evans for being able to reach a new bargaining contract to move this great institution forward,” said Chairman Bill Hawley.

In other board action, it was also announced that the college’s FY23 tentative budget will be on display for public review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 28 through September 16, 2022 (except Friday, July 29).

Members of the public can review the tentative budget in the office of the Vice President of Administrative Services, AD 211, Administration Building, 27210 College Road, Centralia, Ill. It will also be available on the Kaskaskia College website, https://www.kaskaskia.edu/about-kc/consumer-information. A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2022, prior to the regular KC Board of Trustees meeting.

KC board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Louis Kalert (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Jeff Brown (Greenville), and Alyssa Lurkins (Student Trustee).

Photo of faculty contract signing, courtesy of Kaskaskia College.

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