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ERIC Number: ED140907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: N/A
From Impasse to "Lockout": Community College of Beaver County, September 1976. Special Report #30.
Bacon, Janet Novotny
This document analyzes the events and circumstances surrounding the collective negotiations between faculty and administration at the Community College of Beaver County (Pennsylvania) during the summer of 1976; the impasse that resulted concerning the issue of retrenchment; the Board's refusal to accept a faculty offer to continue negotiations after the start of the fall semester and its decision to close the college for the semester if no settlement could be reached ("no contract, no work"); and the ultimate resolution of the issues which concluded in a contract and operation of the college. Contributing factors included a history of strained relations between faculty and administration in previous contract negotiations, and the Board's fear of liability to student legal suits if the 15-week semester specified in the college catalog could not be met due to a mid-semester strike. A contract was agreed upon in late September, after postponement of the scheduled opening of the college, due to intervention of a state negotiator. The faculty conceded on eight of twelve issues and accepted a compromise on the retrenchment issue on the basis of the negotiator's argument that larger issues of governance could only be resolved if the faculty settled and used the grievance procedure to work them out. The threatened lockout had little apparent effect on the outcome. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Collective Bargaining Information Service, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania