MPC Academic Senate

September 21, 2006






Whereas, the expertise and dedication of faculty is central to the mission of Community Colleges; and,


Whereas, the faculty at Hartnell Community College have been working without a contract since 2004-2005; and,


Whereas, an independent, state-appointed mediator judged that the faculty contract request is fair and reasonable and that the college has the funds to pay; and,


Whereas negotiating a settlement as recommended by the state appointed mediator would best serve the interests of students, employees, the Community College mission, and the community,


Whereas the lack of an equitable contract offer could lead to a strike by the Hartnell Faculty; and,


Whereas a strike would harm the educational experience of students and would hurt the public perception of Community Colleges in general; and,


Whereas the Hartnell Board of Trustees has made plans to bring in replacement faculty who will not be able to offer the same educational experience as the existing faculty; and,


Whereas, the cost of living in Monterey County is one of the most costly in the country; and,


Whereas, all faculty deserve a wage that properly compensates the many years of training and the professional work performed by faculty; and,


Whereas, faculty at Monterey Peninsula College and faculty at Hartnell Community College are both members of CTA; and,


Whereas, faculty at Monterey Peninsula College support the educational efforts of our colleagues at Hartnell Community College; and,


Therefore, let it be resolved that the Monterey Peninsula Faculty Senate supports the faculty of Hartnell College and calls upon the faculty and the Hartnell Board of Trustees to negotiate in good faith to bring an immediate end to this contract dispute.