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TVCC union leader resigns in terse notice to faculty

ONTARIO – With talks between the Treasure Valley Community College administration and the teachers’ union reaching the critical stage, union president Gerry Hampshire abruptly announced his resignation early Friday morning.

In a three-sentence email announcing the resignation, Hampshire said, “I refuse to be a water boy for a contract based on self-interest.”

He wouldn’t comment when reached Friday.

Hampshire, a history teacher, led the Treasure Valley Education Association since September. He had previously served as president six years ago.

Hampshire and the union, which represents 36 instructors, have been embroiled in contact negotiations with the local college for over a year with wages, insurance costs and class size continuing to stall negotiations.

The two sides were scheduled to meet again Friday afternoon. The board of TVCC has scheduled a special board meeting for Wednesday, March 14. That . . .