By Lauren Blanchard.
Although we had planned to have a MPCTA membership meeting tomorrow, we will need to delay because I suffered a badly broken wrist this semester. However, I am happy to announce that today, during negotiations, we were able to reach an agreement with the District. Jon Knolle is going to prepare the text of the agreement over the weekend, and we will have a meeting from 12-1pm on Monday, September 9 and from 12-1pm on Friday, September 13. The negotiating session ended at 6pm tonight, and I will send an additional email with a room location tomorrow.
This agreement does provide 1.2 million in financial benefits to faculty. It will protect faculty benefits and workload, while providing a 3% raise this year and ensuring we receive the majority of COLA raises in the future. Department chairpeople, lab classes, and our athletic faculty are all addressed by this agreement; and faculty in columns II, III, and IV will receive additional step increases. I will send details, once I receive them. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can, one-handed.