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Butler County CC faculty members agree to six-year contract that raises salaries, but increases employee healthcare contributions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Butler County Community College president Nicholas Neupauer

A new six-year contract between Butler County Community College and its faculty is being characterized as a document that lends "stability" to the institution and the community that supports it.

The labor agreement, which follows about 18 months of negotiations and almost a year without a contract, calls for salary increases but also boosts family health care contributions from about 2.1 percent to about 10 percent of an employee's pay beginning this fiscal year.

"I think it is absolutely a fair contract for the stakeholders and players involved," said BCCC president Nick Neupauer.

He called particular attention to the language that requires for greater contributions to health care, both in terms of how that impacts the school's finances and its standing in the county community. "It's important externally," Mr. Neupauer said.

The college, which receives significant financial support (about $4.6 million this year) from Butler County tax coffers, has been scrutinized -- and sometimes criticized -- in recent years for its financial management policies, though the college operates in the black and carries a fund balance.

Mr. Neupauer said the lengthy term of the contract "certainly adds stability through our next Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation," one of the college's key assessments.
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