New Hampshire Community College System faculty members are beginning to see the results of their new negotiated contract.
All full-time covered hourly employees working for CCSNH as of January 31, 2012 received a onetime non-base payment of $250 on May 4th. In addition, every labor grade in the salary matrix has been increased by $1,000. With paychecks expected to reflect that beginning June 1, 2012.
“We are contributing more toward our health insurance and the money will help offset those expenses. People on one or two people insurance plans should come out in the positive and those on the family plan break even,” said Becky Clerkin, Great Bay Community College Library Director and bargaining team member.
Clerkin says most of her colleagues are happy with the contract that took nearly ten months to negotiate.
“We didn’t go in there seeking unreasonable demands, most of us realize there is a real economic situation here that impacts everybody and we all have to do our part to make the gap smaller.”
Clerkin says it’s important that people realize that community colleges throughout the state are doing more with less while meeting the needs of those seeking a higher education.
“We are a great value for education. We have lower tuition, lower class sizes, individualized attention, and people get a lot of service for their money,” Clerkin said. “We wear multiple hats, we do a lot with very little and we maintain a high level of service.”
Members of the CCSNH will be receiving their own printed version of the CBA within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, you can find the entire CBA at http://www.seiu1984.org/pages/CCSNH/Default.aspx.