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College Workers to Get Raises Equal to Faculty

Thanks to Proposition 30, the salary increases will be awarded in July under a new MOU signed with the Santa Monica College chapter of the California School Employees' Association.

They'll have had to wait a year, but Santa Monica College's non-teaching staff will be awarded a 1.25 percent raise next summer that's equivalent to what faculty received in August.

A new Memorandum of Understanding with the California School Employees' Association was approved Tuesday by the college's Board of Trustees. It includes the raises as well as one-time bonuses of $1,000. They will both be doled out  in July 2013. 

The classified employees perform non-teaching, non-administrative roles, such as clerical and maintenance work. They had sought the immediate implementation of those benefits during negotiations for a new labor agreement, but college administrators said they hadn't planned for the costs in this fiscal year's budget.

After the CSEA labor agreement expired June 30, the college sought to eliminate a "me too" clause promising the workers would be given the benefit of any better deal given to another union. The faculty received a 1.25 percent raise as part of its labor agreement signed in 2010.

"[I] and other classified staff pleaded with you to fulfill obligations and honor the contract you have with classified staff," classified employee Willis Barton told Trustees at a board meeting in early October, according to the student newspaper The Corsair. "Either due to apathy, arrogance, or both, you decided to renege on those obligations."

The new MOU with CSEA makes it clear the raises and bonuses were granted only because of the passage of Proposition 30, a measure that will increase sales and income taxes to fund K-12 public schools and community colleges. Officials were prepared to make up to $8 million in cuts had the November ballot measure failed.

See also: Voters Spare Spring Class Cuts at Santa Monica College

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