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ERIC Number: ED256454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mutually Beneficial Collective Bargaining in a Community College.
Steiner, Stuart
Collective bargaining is a bilateral decision-making process where representatives of the faculty and of the college must come to some mutual agreement on items that are listed in the body of the contract. Typically, the adversarial or competitive bargaining approach is used to resolve differences between the two sides, but there are some mutually beneficial approaches that can have the same end result without increasing the negative costs frequently associated with the adversarial approach. At Genesee Community College (GCC), a reduction in force led to a bitter round of negotiations in 1977, after eight previous years of generally satisfactory negotiations. In the 1980 negotiations, the management negotiators were determined to avoid a confrontational approach and sought to develop a cooperative relationship with the union representatives based on mutual trust and a communication of the desire and intent to cooperate. In the negotiations, the parties were prepared to agree to the college paying the employees' share of FICA instead of an 8-9% pay raise which would have been unacceptable to the county legislators. The management was able to use the money saved from the salary agreement to grant health benefits to the faculty; and the faculty were prepared to grant a longer contract period and extra contact hours in the third and fourth years of the contract. Overall, the college was able to maintain a number of clauses that had been beneficial in the past, e.g., a retrenchment clause, and a four-year renewable contract for faculty in lieu of tenure. The cooperative approach to negotiations developed at GCC has the potential for leaving the parties feeling better about themselves, the people they work with, and the institution. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A