FM?faculty deal gets final approval

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors on Monday approved a new four-year contract for Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s faculty union that carries 1.7 percent annual wage increases.

The Board of Supervisors approved a new contract with the Fulmont Association of College Educators, or FACE. Action came following a closed-door executive session at the County Office Building for “collective bargaining.”

“I think it was fair,” said Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, who sponsored the resolution. “The [county] negotiating team did a good job.”

It was the last approval needed to ratify the agreement.

The deal was previously approved by the FMCC Board of Trustees, FACE, and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.

FACE only represents full-time faculty members.

A successor agreement, which carried 1.5 percent faculty wage hikes, expired Aug. 31, 2012. The new deal is retroactive to Sept. 1, and is in effect through Aug. 31, 2016.

The new contract carries 1.7 percent annual base salary increases for full-time faculty members, according to the memorandum of agreement.

The promotional stipend was increased from $800 to $1,000.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger attended Monday’s meeting and after the session, he noted the new FACE agreement saves the college about $20,000 per month.

“The important part of this contract is that it saves the college money through changes to the current contract that’s in place,” Swanger said.

He was referring to a health insurance change, with coverage moved from three plans – Blue Cross-Blue Shield, regular Mohawk Valley Physicians, and Blue Shield HMO – to NY 44 Trust.

Elsewhere in the agreement, the contract increases allocations for professional development workshops and conferences by 1.7 percent annually

The contract also adds two additional bereavement days to union members’ leaves of absence, with supervisory approval.

Language was added to the contract stating that FACE members must have completed 10 consecutive years of full service and be a minimum of 55 years old to be eligible for retirement.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at