Pay concessions critical piece of new TVCC contract

Treasure Valley Community College managed to avert a major labor crisis last week when officials inked a new contract with faculty. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

VALE – With both Treasure Valley Community College and the Treasure Valley Education Association approving a new contract for teachers, the college is estimating a $900,000 savings over the next three years.

The anticipated savings is in addition to the departure of seven instructors, a move the college says will save $388,000 in the next budget year, and now a possible tuition increase. The instructors would be replaced by adjunct teachers or other full-time faculty members teaching extra courses. The union agreed to no pay raises for the next three years unless enrollment increases at the college. In the last contract, senior instructors got automatic 2.5 percent increases each year and other instructors . . .