KVCC part-time faculty drop labor complaint

Jun 12, 2013

KVCC Texas Township campus
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The union representing part-time instructors at Kalamazoo Valley Community College says it is dropping an unfair labor practice complaint against the school. The KVCC Federation of Teachers says it's signed an agreement with the college to prevent job losses.

Earlier this year the community college had proposed cutting the work load of part-time faculty by up to two-thirds. That was to avoid giving them health benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act. The union says the agreement means part-timers can still work up to 29 hours a week. They still won't get health benefits but union officials say they don't get them now.

The union filed the complaint with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission in April, saying that the college wasn't negotiating on the issue. In a news release, the union says it will formally withdraw its complaint after the college approves new work rules next month.