AVC Faculty Gets Salary Boost

Posted: May 17, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Raises

Looks like there will be some smiling faces at the campus. 

Faculty at AVC getting raises

By: Julie Drake…AV Press

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College administrators and classified confidential management or supervisory employees will get a 2% raise retroactive to last July and another 2% raise this July, plus 2% bonuses now and in July.

The three-year salary and benefits package approved by the AVC board is equivalent to the compensation packages the board approved previously for the Antelope Valley Federation of Teachers and the Antelope Valley Federation of Classified Employees.

The agreement does not apply to AV College President Ed Knudson, who received a contract extension last week through the 2020 school year. Knudson will get a 2.5% raise in July 2018 and another 2.5% in July 2019.

"The rest of them the board tries to treat the same," Knudson said after last week’s meeting. "But because of what I do and what I’m representing I’m dealt separately."

The total compensation package for all employee groups will cost the college $632,678 in the 2015-16 fiscal year and $2.5 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The cost for the 2017-18 fiscal year will be equal to the state-identified, fully funded cost-of-living-adjustment, up to 2%. However, if the amount is greater than 2% then the parties will meet to negotiate salaries, according to the agreement.

Trustees approved the salary and benefits packages for the college’s unions at a special meeting last month.

Members of AV Community College District’s respective unions will receive a 2% raise retroactive to July 1 that will apply to all classified and faculty salary schedules. They will also receive a one-time stipend equivalent to 2% of classified individual salaries and 2% of faculty base salaries.

College employees will get another one-time, off-schedule stipend equivalent to 2% of classified individual salaries and 2% of faculty base salaries for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The 2% stipend is "off schedule," meaning it not be applied to future salary rates.

The college will also increase employees’ maximum payment for health benefits from $13,385 to $14,000 per year. In addition, current and future retirees who meet eligibility requirements will have a $15,200 benefit cap.

If the cost-of-living-adjustment fully funded by state government for 2016-17 is greater than 2%, the college and unions will meet to negotiate regarding salaries.

Trustees on May 9 also unanimously agreed to extend the collective bargaining agreement between the AV Community College District and the Antelope Valley Federation of Teachers and the Antelope Valley Federation of Classified Employees through the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

"I think we were hoping for more money but we understand the district was pretty badly burned with the state and the downturn," outgoing AV Federation of Teachers President Susan Lowry said after the approval of the two unions’ contracts.

The economic downturn was worse for the college’s adjunct faculty, who lost their pay for holding office hours for their students about seven years ago, Lowry added.

"For them, for all of us, I think just having somebody acknowledge that we’re worth more than cost-of-living-adjustment is good," Lowry said. "We’d hoped that we would get more but we also understand their concerns."

Two faculty members voted against the agreement and more than 129 members voted in favor of it. Lowry is pleased the union has a three-year deal. She also appreciates the off-schedule stipends as a means of giving faculty members a bump in salary, because it will not commit the college to the extra costs if should California’s economy go down again.

"It’s an attempt to give us more money without committing to keep on giving us that same money," Lowry said.

Trustees approved an agreement at the special meeting to provide a stipend for the 2016-17 academic year to AV College adjunct faculty members who wish to apply for office hours’ pay. That is expected to cost the college about $38,000 next year.

"I think the most wonderful thing is that the college has basically acknowledged that adjuncts should get paid for getting together with students outside of class time," Lowry said.

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