Greenfield Community College faculty, staff protest stalled contract negotiations

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Community College faculty and staff members staged a protest on Wednesday, saying their new contract is long overdue and they’re not happy with the state of contract negotiations.

It’s been nearly a year since bargaining began between GCC and unionized faculty members, whose contract expired on July 1st, 2018.

So far, management has offered a pay increase of two percent per year and is now requiring all faculty to use the Learning Management Systems’ online programs, which the union sees “as a serious attack on academic freedom.”

GCC Professional Association President Douglas Wilkins told 22News they fear the loss of academic freedom. “We’re trying to get a message to the college presidents that what they’re asking is unreasonable,” he said.

GCC Librarian Tim Dolar said, “Professional staff like me, in particular, already have a lot to work towards this contract and we’d ask the state to do the same and make compromises in good faith.”

Wilkins also told 22News that they’re hoping to put pressure on the presidents of the state’s 15 community colleges to settle this contract once and for all.

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