With a unanimous vote from Lane Community College’s Board of Education, a tentative agreement with Lane’s classified union was ratified on Nov. 2. After receiving word that the classified union voted to approve the agreement put forth in early October, the board called a special meeting on Nov. 2 so they could then vote on the agreement. All board members were present, either in person or by phone, except for Tony McCown.

The tentative agreement was signed by the board’s bargaining team and the classified leadership on Oct. 6. The agreement includes a 1.5 percent salary adjustment, a half step on Jan. 1, 2017 for those who are step-eligible, a $500 stipend for those on the top step, a choice of six different insurance plans, increases to Section 125 college contributions and an ability to sell up to 16 hours of vacation time during fall term.

After the special meeting, board chair Sharon Stiles said she was glad they were able to reach a contract.

“We’re looking forward to looking ahead for the next part of getting back to student success,” Stiles said.

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