By a vote of 96.6 percent, members of the Clark College Association for Higher Education have approved a new contract. The contract includes signficant pay raises for full-time and adjunct professors, including a 10 percent total pay raise PLUS a new model for paying adjunct faculty based on a percentage of the base salary for full-time professors. This contract is a tremendous victory for Clark College because it begins to provide the competitive pay needed to attract and keep qualified, committed teachers for our students.
It is retroactive to the 2018-19 school year and covers the 2019-20 year as well. The administration has announced classes will resume Jan. 16. Our historic CCAHE strike lasted three days.
CCAHE members thank everyone who supported our fight for a fair contract and competitive pay, including our students, labor allies and the community.
"Clark College faculty went on strike in the middle of winter," said Suzanne Southerland, union president. "We were out there in the dark, in the rain, in the snow, in the freezing cold. We occupied buildings, we made our voices heard loud and clear to the Board of Trustees, to the president and to the administration's negotiation team.
"We need to continue this fight. Whoever our new college president is, we're never going back to the way things were before. We want to move forward and we want to work collaboratively, but we're never going back to them exploiting us. We all showed tremendous courage to go on strike. We are so committed to our students and to each either. Our future is bright."