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COC needs to speak with honesty and fairness

Posted: June 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Jim Holt’s June 10 article “COC faculty rejects contract” attempted to offer a fair view of the dissension that has developed between college administrators and the full-time faculty.

While the article is good, I am dismayed by the assertions offered by the district and would like to set the record straight on three points:

1. The college statement claimed that just one-third of faculty voted on the contract. This is absolutely false.

More than 80 percent of faculty members cast a ballot, and of the qualified votes, 101 were nos.

2. COC administrators called the contract offer “fiscally prudent ... in line with the resources available to us.”

In recent months, it has been stated that the financial landscape for education is at its healthiest since 2008.

The college has managed to conjure up the funds for year-over-year administrative raises. Yet the best it could do for its full-time instructors was 1.57 percent after seven years without a raise. Deplorable!

3. While COC hasn’t had furloughs or layoffs, the reality is that the number of full-time instructors has decreased as a result of retirements and unfilled vacancies. Furthermore, other non-teaching positions on campus have been replaced with lower-cost, temporary workers without benefits.

Meanwhile, administration has added to its ranks, which have swelled to 90 individuals.

If the faculty and college are to have a fair discussion, it is essential that it begins with honesty and be grounded in fairness for all.



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