By: Brea Hollingsworth | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 28, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Community College Administration and the United Faculty of Florida Union at TCC met for a special hearing on Wednesday.
The meeting follows 14 negotiation sessions since September 2016 for a collective bargaining agreement.
A contract was drafted by a third party that heard from both sides during the meeting. The main issues discussed were class sizes and faculty workload.
The faculty union also said they wanted smaller class sizes with a set cap of students, and also stated that they wanted to be able to attend two academic conferences a year.
Administrators said their budget does not support paying for every faculty member’s trip, and some staff members are taking advantage of a policy allowing them to work less hours in exchange for work benefitting the college.
"They're doing some wonderful things and they're legitimate and they should be excuses; reassigned time to work on those other ones. The problem was that there's no accountability. You had the same people getting off three credit hours every year to edit a textbook," said TCC’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Al Moran.
The magistrate special hearing will continue on Thursday and Friday.