January 22

Maine’s community college adjuncts get first union contract

College trustees and the new union for part-time faculty ratify a deal with raises and rights.

By Susan McMillan smcmillan@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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The adjunct contract sets up discipline and grievance procedures, provides for some limited seniority in assignment of courses and states that adjuncts will be paid 10 percent of the pay for a course that is cancelled or reassigned to a full-time instructor at the start of a semester.

“I think both sides did a great job in this contract, preserving and advancing the things that were most important to them,” McGill said.

Adjuncts will also gain a new voice in decision-making at the colleges where they’ve lacked representation on campus committees, Trahan said.

Both Trahan and McGill said the negotiations were professional and respectful.

Full-time faculty in both the community college system and the University of Maine System have long been unionized, as have adjuncts in the university system.

Pelletier said the number of adjuncts has remained relatively unchanged for a few years, but there is no good historical data on their numbers or the share of courses they’ve taught.

Systemwide, adjuncts teach about 45 percent of courses. It’s higher at some of the colleges: 58 percent at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, for example.

Susan McMillan — 621-5645 smcmillan@centralmaine.com Twitter: @s_e_mcmillan
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