DACC trustees approve employee contract

DACC trustees approve employee contract

DANVILLE — Some Danville Area Community College employees will receive a modest salary increase come July 1.

DACC trustees ratified a new three-year agreement with the Classified Staff Association, IEA-NEA, which represents 65 building and grounds workers, administrative assistants, office specialists and office assistants.

Under the deal, which already had been approved by the union, members will receive a 3.25 percent base-salary increase each year. They also will receive a one-time payment averaging about $500 per member, which will not be added to the base salary.

The increases will cost the college an additional $61,166 the first year of the contract, $63,154 the second year and $65,206 the third year, according to DACC President Alice Jacobs.

The agreement also offers members three options for health insurance coverage, instead of the four that were previously offered.

"That's a cost-saving measure to the college," Jacobs said.

The contract also clarified language used in earlier contracts.

It will replace the current five-year deal, which expires on June 30. Negotiations began in April and May and went smoothly, both sides reported. The two sides used interest-based bargaining for a second time.

"It has been a good process," Jacobs said. "It allows us to openly discuss issues without becoming adversarial."

Darrin Haynes, the association's president, thanked Jacobs, the administrative bargaining team and the board.

"We used interest-based bargaining to work out a fair and equitable contract," said Haynes, a building service attendant. "We know the economic times are tough, but feel this is a fair contract."

Jacobs, in turn, praised classified staff members for their commitment to the college and its students.

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