TCC faculty voice concerns to Board of Trustees

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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- At the Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees' regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday afternoon, several faculty members spoke out during the meeting's public forum period about current contract negotiations.

Faculty members were speaking out about the ongoing process.

"Now I feel the college wants me to do more work for less money. I and my colleagues are the front line for student success," said one faculty member.

Susan Wood, who works in the schools Wellness Department said, "I too work hard in my classroom, outside of my classroom, I take care of sick students if they're sick, former students."

One of the main sticking points in the discussions; a 25-hour work week. Something the administration doesn't want.

"Our faculty is the seventh highest paid faculty in the Florida college system across the state, and on the overload pay, we're number one in the state," said Alan Moran the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the school.

However, several faculty members say those 25 hours do not include all of the time they spend outside of school preparing, grading, and working with students.

"If they actually have us do 40 hours on campus, we would be doing about 60 hours because we spend a lot of time at home," said Martin Balinsky the Vice President of the TCC UFF.

Monday's meeting brought out a few dozen faculty members who say they just want to make sure there's a fair deal on both sides.

"We are the ones that teach the classes. The students are here for us and to come learn from us," Balinsky added

Both the faculty of the administration say these negotiations will not impact the success of the students at the college.

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