Update on Collective Bargaining with MPCTA (Nov 7)
On November 7, 2016, the negotiations teams for the Monterey Peninsula College Teachers Association (MPCTA) and the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) met from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. regarding a successor contract.
The parties agreed on the agenda for the bargaining session, and then addressed MPC’s proposal to offer a Retirement Incentive Plan to MPCTA full-time unit members.
Supplemental Early Retirement Plan
On November 4th, MPC provided MPCTA with a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Retirement Incentive, along with documentation showing how the Retirement Incentive would work.
The proposed Retirement Incentive would allow a retiree to receive the equivalent of 65% of his/her last salary in post-retirement payments in addition to his/her STRS or PERS retirement benefits. The proposed Retirement Incentive is self-funding and would not have a negative impact on MPC’s fiscal ability to negotiate new contract terms on faculty compensation. As a college-wide initiative, retirement incentive plans will be offered to all other employee groups with variations in terms.
After discussing the benefits and procedures for the Retirement Incentive, MPCTA and MPC agreed to sign the MOU to allow the Retirement Incentive to be offered for eligible retirees during the current academic year. A copy of the signed MOU and documentation regarding the Retirement Incentive is accessible on MPC’s website. The Retirement Incentive will now be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval on November 16, 2016.
MPC also presented proposals to MPCTA on Article 9 (Employee Benefits), Article 16 (Salaries), Article 14 (Evaluations), New Article (Professional Duties).
MPC and MPCTA have additional negotiation sessions scheduled on November 18th, December 5th, and 13th. A tentative date is also set for December 19th.
MPC views the MOU reached with MPCTA on the Retirement Incentive as a positive and collaborative step between the parties toward reaching agreements that serve the interests of both employees and MPC.
MPC is encouraged by the professional and collaborative approach found on both sides of the negotiating table. MPC is confident that a focus on student success will result in a vibrant contract that reflects current practices and academic trends in community colleges across the State of California.
See this webpage for a list of all current updates related to MPC's Collective Bargaining.