Monday, March 07, 2011

Seems MATC Wasn't Done Yet

Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:32:51 -0600
Subject: Message from Dr. Burke
Dr. Burke asked that I send the following message on his behalf:

Earlier today the MATC District Board approved an agreement with members of Local 587. Negotiations began in mid-February and final agreement was reached last week.

The agreement will result in net savings of more than $4.2 million over two years. While Local 587 members will receive 1.5% salary increases over the next two years, they will be making contributions toward their pension benefit and increased healthcare contributions.

This agreement, like the one reached last month with Local 212, provides stability for the college and allows us to maintain our focus on the mission of the college - educating our students and serving the community. These agreements also allow us to maintain collective bargaining, which we recognize as an important principle and value.

Recent announcements from Madison create extremely challenging financial times for MATC and educational and governmental organizations throughout the state. We will continue to develop budget strategies that help preserve the meaningful work that takes place on our campuses every day.

Michael L. Burke, Ph.D.

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