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Oct.23, 1986 Bellevue Community College Campus e7 Faculty strike ends with Sept.28 contract by O Anderson Advocate Editor A contract agreement is responsible for ending the faculty strike that stopped the first week of Fall quarter classes Sept. 22- 26 at the College. The option to work extra days for extra pay was the main point of conflict between the faculty, and the College's Board of Trustees and admires" tration, according to Carol Mandt, president of the faculty's _A2ssociation of Higher Education (BCCAHE). _ photo by Alex Washington President of BCCAHE, Carol Mandt "That's all we were asking through the whole bargaining process," said Mandt, who noted the use of local monies to increase faculty salaries would solve the funding problem. Local monies are revenue the College generates through bookstore and food service sales, space rental to outside organizations, and contract classes. In' April, the Washington state legislature passed an appropriations act which places a three percent limit on salary increases to community college instructors. The act also prohibits use of local monies to increase salaries. "Last year, 11 of the 27 (community colleges), when there was no money allocated from the legislature, funded some portion of their advancements and incre- ments," said Mandt. Instructors are placed on a salary schedule based on experience credits at the time they are hired. An increment is earned for each year of work Upward advancements on the salary schedule may be applied for as instructors earn increments. Mandt said, "The only way the College faculty is ever going to come up to some kind of parody with our colleagues is through a one-time major shot of money into our salary schedule, otherwise we'll always be behind." Only the presidents and boards of trustees can make changes in salary schedules which vary from college-to-college in Washington state. According to Mandt, in the last several years, because of Lack of funding from the legislature, the funding of advancements and increments has come out of cost-of-living increases. "Almost nothing has gone to raise the salary-base, which is why our salary schedule is in such terrible shape compared to other campuses," she said. The College's faculty is very experienced and approximately 50 percent of instructors are at the top of the salary schedule with no place to go. "I think presidents of community colleges across the state, and boards of trustees, have assumed that the legislature is wholly responsible for faculty salaries, and that's a different point of view than K-12 districts have assumed," said Mandt, who believes K- 12 systems have found creative solutions to the funding problem. One of the most common ways K-12 systems have funded salary increases is to pay instructors for professional development days, time which faculty members spend improving expertise in their fields of study. "Last year many K- 12 districts negotiated more than three percent by having the option to work extra days for extra pay, which is exactly what we were asking. The Board chose not to follow that lead," Mandt said, "We gave them that option and they said no." In 1979 the Washington state Supreme Court ruled that an appropriation act cannot legislate local bargaining and there is no law on the books that overturns that ruling for community colleges. It was further stated by Mandt that some board members at the CoUege fear personal liability if they go against a state law, but there is no law on the books to make an individual personally liable for decisions made as a member of the College's Board of Trustees. "The College raises close to three million dollars in local monies through various methods. Some of that is raised by the faculty," Mandt said, who befieves a strong arguement can be made to use local monies for faculty salaries. "We can't go from twentieth compared to our colleagues, or three to eight thousand dollars below Bellevue's K-12 district, by only using the legislative allocation. We will always stay at that level, or slip behind," Mandt said. The final contract settlement, that ended the College's faculty strike, is good : r one year and will be up for negotiation in 1987. Continued from pg. 1 Added Watson, "Good stewardship in the absence of crisis is really the mark of government getting its act together." Watson and Governor Gardner combined to present the awards. Each facility got two awards, one for the adminstrative staff and the other for the physical plant staff. "That is symbolic of the partnership it takes to make energy savings happen," Watson explained. The governor offered a pledge to everyone at each of the five faciities: '%Ve're going to put to good use your leadership to show other agencies in state government what can be done by those who set out to do the job." On hand for the ceremony, Dean Gree- nough, Bellevue Community College's director of campus operations, expressed pleasure over the facility receiving the- award. '`we're pleased to be recognized," said Greenough. "The cooperation of the entire staff was the key ingredient for our success. The staff has been very gracious, about putting up with lower temperatures in winter and higher temperatures in summer. The award makes it all worthwhile." Watson said Bellevue Community College emphasized teamwork of all employees in its energy conservation effort, which resulted in the facility being judged the most efficient in energy use of all state community colleges. The college actively pursued a variety of projects, Watson explained, including ventilation improvements, an energy man- agement system and alternative heating sources for greenhouses. An energy evaluation team analyzed the facilltes for energy use between June 1983 to 1986. Sec. Bennett urges tZero-Tolerance, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett called the nation's college presidents on the carpet, telling them to clean up thir drug- ridden campuses. He then told them how to accomplish the task "' In a speech delivered to the Heritage Foundation, the darling of this conservative think-tank said that college presidents should write to students: "Welcome back for your studies in September; but no drugs on campus. None. Period. This policy will be enforced by deans and administrators and advisers and resident advisers and faculty, strictly but fairly." In addition, the Secretary said that obtaining the authority from Congress to withold Federal funds from institutions that do not pledge themselves to get rid of drugs would be welcomed by him. "Colleges and universities have a basic reponsibility to care for the moral and, indeed, the physical well-being of their charges. Parents do not expect colleges to be neutral between decent morality and decadence." Furthermore, he said, "Everyone knows we have this drug problem. I am tired of hearing spokesman after spokesman say, "We have a terrible problem here but it's everywhere; the problem on our campus is no worse than it is on any one else's campus.'" Bennett said that a drug-free campus is attainable, and he pointed to the United States military academies and The Citadel, a quasi-military public school in South Carolina, as places with "zero tolerance." He also applauded the efforts and new policies pertaining to drugs at Boston University and several small liberal arts colleges. Expanding upon the idea of a drug-flee campus, Bennett stated, "You can use first the moral authority of the university itself. Second, you use the individuals who are there to explain to students what is expected of them. Third, if necessary, you use the campus police. Finally, if absolutely necessary, you use the city police and the state pofice. "Some people might worry that tough drug policies will keep some students from coming back to campus," he said. "I would say that would be great." More Notes From The Drug War Front Worries over athletes' privacy led University of Maryland officials to change their new drug testing procedure to let athletes urinate without an observer actually watching them excrete. Under the new rule, a Health Center official watches the athlete undress, go into a cubicle, and then waits until the athlete reemerges with a urine sample. But athletic department resistance to drug testing at all seems to spread. At Maryland,, where basketball star Len Bias died of cocaine-related causes last June and ignited the current enthusiasm for testing students in and out of athletic departments, lacross player Kim Choro- siewski says she's trying to organize athletes to resist the university's new policy. Chorosiewski says campus legal aid director William Saimond believes the polio/ is unconstitutional because it violates athlete's right to privacy and because it places a condition on athletes' educations that other students don'tl have. Two University of Colorado athletes, meanwhile, last week filed complaints with the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter, which says it will sue the school for invading athletes' privacy and violating their constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure. Arkansas ChiefJnstice Jack Holt Jr. told a recent Little Rock forum on drug abuse that the Hitler Youth Program of Nazi: Germany may not be a bad model for American anti-drug programs. "Hitler taught them that they were a superior race with superior minds andl superior bodies," Holt said. "I think we. can do that, just in respect to (youths') bodies." Upon Governor Gardner's directive, the Governor's Energy Team was formed at the State Energy Office in July 1985 to help managers of state facilities increase efficiency with which the facilites use fuel. With energy bills for state-owned facilites exceeding $44 million a year, Watson said there is enormous potential for saving if others emulate the effors of the five award- winning facilities BCC AWARD U 4