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TVCC deal elusive

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – The Oregon Employment Relations Board is ordering Treasure Valley Community College to pay 13 employees a 2.5 percent cost-of-living back to last July, a perk college officials claimed they didn’t have to pay.

The employees will also get 9 percent interest on the back pay, the state board ordered.

The board also ordered the college to stop violating Oregon law.

The order came as college officials and the faculty union continued negotiating a new pay deal. Mediating sessions last week didn’t end the impasse and another session is scheduled for Feb. 5 and 6.

The Treasure Valley Education Association, representing college faculty, filed an unfair labor practices complaint in November. The claim said the college wrongly withheld the pay raises when the last labor contract expired in June.

“The TVEA is happy that the ruling went . . .