During the July11, 2017 regularly scheduled Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees’ meeting, the Board unanimously voted to approve a five-year contract with the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA).
The negotiating team, made up of three faculty and three College administrators, utilized Interest-Based Bargaining. IBB is a negotiating strategy that focuses on developing mutually agreeable solutions to issues brought up by both parties.
Jennifer Jossendal, History Faculty and KCEA Lead Negotiator, commented, “IBB really set the foundation for a positive negotiating experience. Everyone at the table was committed to negotiating a fair contract that supported the mission of the College and had the best interest of the students, the College, and the community in mind.” Jossendal has been a part of four contract negotiations. “The tone at the table was different this time around; there was respect and comradery. I can say I am proud of the process and the contract.”
Financial highlights include an average raise of 2.75% over the five years, health insurance premiums to remain the same, and a five-year reduction in the years of supplemental retirement insurance over the course of the contract. Non-economic changes include providing a format for creating a shared governance model to increase faculty engagement in the tenure process and making sabbatical recommendations, and developing opportunities for advancement.
Bob Johnson, Chair of the Board, praised the team for their efforts, “The Board is very appreciative of the efforts by KCEA and the negotiators to reach a mutually agreeable five-year contract that addressed the concerns of both parties. We feel it is a contract that speaks to the ability of the College to continue to provide quality instruction and is not only fair for the faculty, but the tax payer and the students.”
Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President and member of the negotiating team, praised the faculty for their dedication to the process, “After four months of good-faith negotiating, I am proud of where we have landed. The team worked hard and was committed to negotiating a fair contract.”
The current KCEA three-year contract is set to expire at the end of the Summer term in August.