Terra State administration and union agree on new contract

Roy Klay Hall

On June 26, 2019, the Terra State Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement, which the Support Staff Union previously ratified.

The agreement, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022, includes a $1,000 lump sum bonus in year one of the agreement for all current OAPSE/AFSCME Union members. In year two, union members will receive a 2.25% salary increase, and in year three, they will receive a 2.5% salary increase.

Director of Human Resources Jeremy McLaney expressed his satisfaction with the outcome noting “The staff union indicated they were pleased with the direction of the College. We certainly appreciate the support staff and their contributions to the Terra community.”

Terra State President Dr. Ronald Schumacher is pleased to have settled on an agreement so quickly. “I love the fact that the staff came to us and were willing to engage in an expedited negotiations process,” he said. “The staff union works hard and I’m glad we as a College are able to give them a couple years of salary increases.”

McLaney is glad the administration and union are in agreement. “This shows that the College is changing directions as we are really trying to improve the relationship and communication with everyone at the College. Although there is always room for improvement, we’re making some positive strides,” he said.

“I’m glad the Board ratified the contract today and I’m looking forward to working with the staff union into the future,” Dr. Schumacher said.