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May 14, 2014

RLC Board OKs union contract

INA — The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees Tuesday approved a new four-year union contract for full-time, tenure-track faculty.

RLC President Terry Wilkerson said the contract includes a 2 ½ percent base raise, as well as possible additional raises of up to 4 ½ percent if student enrollment increases by 10 percent.

Tying raises to student enrollment is one of the more unique things about the contract, Wilkerson said.

“It’s about the students and their educational progress,” Wilkerson said.

The most recent union contract expired at the beginning of this year. Union negotiations then began and were completed about three weeks ago, said Chris Sink, president of the Local 3708 RLC Federation of Teachers union.

Sink said he’s not aware of any other community colleges in the state that are tying raises to enrollment.

“We thought it was worth giving it a shot,” Sink said.

The board Tuesday also approved some staff changes, including the non-renewal of employment contracts for Eric Breeze and Derek Wintermann, who are non-tenured RLC employees.

Breeze’s non-renewal was based on budget savings, states a college news release. A reason was not provided for Wintermann’s non-renewal. Both of the contracts for these employees expire June 30.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved a $193,000 bid from Evrard-Strang Construction Company, Inc. to complete a renovation of the RLC administrative entrance and walkway.

The RLC Foundation is raising money to fund the renovation.

Randall Shively, the college’s physical plant director, said the walkway improvements should be completed by July 31. Landscaping work at the site should be finished by the time classes resume in the fall, he said.

Other RLC Board actions Tuesday included:

n Approval of the retirement resignations of Shively, Associate Nursing Professor Georgia Lambert, Biological Sciences Professor Larry Williams, Community & Corporate Education Specialist Paula Myers and Computer Networking Professor Martha McCreery.

n Approval of the resignation of Academic Advisor Leah Schlag.

n Approval of the appointment of Jessica Phillips as an administrative assistant for liberal arts.

n Approval of the appointments of Nathan Burkitt and Travis Thomason as computer technicians.

n Approval of an $87,626 bid from Kehrer Brothers Construction to replace the EPDM roof on the Student Center.

n Approval of advertising for bids to replace the EPDM roof on the Learning Resource Center.

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