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MVCC trustees, administrators reach tentative two-year deal

Posted 3/29/17

Mohawk Valley Community College and a group of its administrators have reached a tentative contract that includes raises of 2.9 percent in the first year and 2.1 percent in the second.The MVCC …

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MVCC trustees, administrators reach tentative two-year deal

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Mohawk Valley Community College and a group of its administrators have reached a tentative contract that includes raises of 2.9 percent in the first year and 2.1 percent in the second.

The MVCC Association of Mohawk Valley Administrators and the school’s board of trustees have both unanimously ratified the agreement that now goes to the county Board of Legislators for consideration.

Oneida County is part of the approval process because the county is the school’s sponsor.

College President Randall J. VanWagoner hopes the county “will support this collective bargaining agreement” and urges the lawmakers give it an “expedited review.” The board’s next meeting is April 12. County disapproval of MVCC labor contracts is rare.

The deal covers the current school year and the next one. The AMVA has about 35 members and includes director and associate dean positions.

VanWagoner said the tentative contract is the result of 10 negotiating sessions. The first one was nearly a year ago, on April 1.

Agreement highlights:

-- Financial:

In 2016-17, bargaining unit members receive a 2.9 percent increase to their base salary. The estimated cost is $81,110.

For 2017-18, a 2.1 percent boost is planned. The anticipated cost is $60,439.

The minimum starting salary is going up by about 1 percent. This change has does not affect any current employees.

-- Longevity compensation:

The college and the bargaining unit agreed to phase out longevity and increase the compensation for promotion. Seniority-based employee compensation will be eliminated as of Sept. 1, 2018, with current longevity being added to base pay.

-- Prescriptions:

Co-pays will change from $0/$25 to $5/30/$45. There are cost savings measures for filling of generic prescriptions. Also, over-the-counter options and required use of specialty pharmacies for specialty drugs will be modified. The estimated savings is $14,000 a year.

There are no increases in co-pays for health insurance coverage. Most association members pay 20 percent of the premium. There are a few who do not contribute, as provided for in the agreement.

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