After nearly two years of negotiations, the faculty of Western Nevada College ratified their first collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 42 yes, 2 no, with 8 not voting. The contract will significantly improve working conditions for faculty, and return faculty to the forefront of the academic decision making process at WNC.
WNC is the second Nevada college after Truckee Meadows Community College to move to collective bargaining.
“This is a huge step forward for WNC faculty. We will now have a much stronger voice in college decisions, and will have additional protections for academic freedom, shared governance and due process”, said James Strange, chief negotiator and Nevada Faculty Alliance Vice President.
The Nevada Faculty Alliance represents academic and administrative faculty, and graduate students in the Nevada System of Higher Education.
The CBA was signed by representatives of the Nevada Faculty Alliance and the WNC administration, and forwarded to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for final approval on the consent agenda. The Board approved the CBA unanimously at the June 5th, 2014 meeting.
Contact: Jim Strange, NFA State Vice President