The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees has ratified a three-year contract between the college and its faculty union.
The Washtenaw Community College Education Association (WCCEA) bargaining agreement was unanimously approved by trustees Tuesday night following a 98% approval by union membership earlier this month.
The agreement becomes effective August 23, 2022, and continues through August 22, 2025.
Approximately 200 full-time instructors and other professional staff are members of the WCCEA, which is a chapter of the Michigan Education Association and affiliated with the National Education Association.
Approval guarantees wage increases of 3% in 2022, 2% in 2023 and 2% in 2024. The agreement also includes revised definitions for online learning, distance learning, virtual courses and blended learning.
“Our faculty members are the heart and soul of Washtenaw Community College and are dedicated to the success of every student. We are pleased that negotiations led to such overwhelming support from both the membership and the Board of Trustees. We look forward to the upcoming Fall semester and delivering exceptional instruction to help our students reach their full potential,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.
WCCEA President Dr. Julie Kissel, an English and College Readiness faculty member, said 60% of the union membership voted on July 8. “The WCCEA is pleased to have a solid contract and the support of its membership,” she said.