Faculty approved the tentative contract agreement, with roughly thirty percent of the faculty voting. Here are the details:

Total votes:  299
Yes: 290 (97%)
No:  9 (3%)

We included an optional comments box on the ballot. Here’s what some folks had to say:

“Thank you to the negotiating team, especially for your work advocating for adjunct faculty. I’m proud and grateful to be a member of our union.”“Thank you, Monica, and the rest of the union, for your persistence in fighting for the best deal.”“Thank you for your commitment to faculty. The gains you negotiated make a difference in the quality of our lives, allowing us to better serve the students.”“I am very proud of all of the hard work done by our UNION!”

“The District’s Tax Revenue far exceeds this raise. I nearly voted NO. The fact finder did an inadequate job. However, I do feel the Union did their best and thank you for your good work.”“This is a vote against the district, which has the money and yet insists on spending it on more administrators, managers, and supervisors instead of faculty. I think that the union leadership did a great job and I can’t think of what more they could have done.”

“It concerns me that binding arbitration was included in our proposal, endorsed by the fact finding body but summarily dismissed by the board. I cast my yes vote with reservations.”

“I vote ‘yes’ with a sick feeling in my stomach. I know that faculty deserve a better deal and I know the District can afford it. The District’s positions during this contract negotiations have been stingy and disingenuous. I am not naive; I understand how the negotiation process works. but I know a raw deal when I see it.”