Resolution 1.07


Subject:  Support for Hartnell Faculty

Date:  September 27, 2006


Mover:  Jennifer Fellguth

Division/Department:  Academic Senate President





Passed: Unanimously



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


Whereas, the economic progress of the Salinas Valley depends on higher education; 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,


Therefore, let it be resolved that the Hartnell College Academic 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.


Passed by unanimous vote, September 27, 2006