May 7, 2013

NCCC faculty gets raises


“We’ve agreed to begin negotiations in the coming year on a new (salary) matrix,” Tyrell said. “In 2014, we’ll have (full) negotiations again.”

He said the union also gave back one-half sick day a month in its benefits package.


Employees now pay 25 percent of the cost of the health insurance when hired, 15 percent after the third year and 10 percent after four years on the job.

“Everyone participates in the cost of their health care,” NCCC Vice President for Fiscal Operations William Chapin said.

He said the requirement covers all employees, not just new hires.

Health-insurance costs are a big factor to any entity, Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said.

The college had fully paid health insurance for some workers in a previous contract, which county leaders cautioned against.

“We’ve voiced our concerns to them (college officers),” Douglas said.

Tyrell said they are not seeking any additional funds from the sponsor counties to pay for the raises.

The college’s main campus is in Saranac Lake, and it has branches in Ticonderoga and Malone. NCCC has about 2,900 students and a 50-person professional staff.

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