Principal Bargaining Unit

Principal bargaining unit members will see a $900 professional development grant in their 3/29 paycheck. Please note that it will be income subject to taxes.
You may remember that this “grant” is available because the money came from “pots” of money that the 4Cs had set aside for several uses, such as tuition reimbursement, sabbatical leave, Willis upgrades, and a few others. The BOR is taking on the responsibility for most of those incentives as part of our current contract.
Once we paid out all obligations from those pots, there was money left, which is being dispersed to our members as a professional development grant.
You may have heard that our colleagues in AFT and AFSCME are receiving different amounts. Why?  The 4Cs has spent more out of our funds over the years, primarily on additional money for sabbaticals and disability coverage for members in the Alternate Retirement Plan (ARP), as well as the three furlough days that the union was able to cover so your paychecks would not be reduced.  The 4Cs has significantly more members than the other unions, so our obligations were more costly.

March 1st, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Contract Negotiations, Principal Bargaining Unit


We want to take a moment to remind members of changes that were approved the members in the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deadline for Promotion, Tenure and Sabbatic Leave applications is now the first day of the spring semester: January 16, 2018. It was also agreed that the President of the college can approve extensions, and the 4Cs asserts that such requests for extensions not be unreasonably denied.
There were other notable changes for promotion to be aware of, including a change in the composition of the Promotion Committee. The composition of the Promotion Committee will now be four 4Cs members and two managers. Further, it has recently been agreed to by the BOR that members who are not on a permanent appointment but who have job protection through SEBAC 2017 may apply for promotion (read agreement here).
The 4Cs provides several resources for those who are applying for promotion and tenure on our website:

January 10th, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Principal Bargaining Unit


Promotion Committee Composition
A few weeks ago, we announced that an anomaly had been noticed in the contract implementation on the issue of the composition of the Promotion Committee. In notes from negotiations, it was agreed to around the table that the Promotion Committee makeup would include two managers; as there would be administrators on the Promotion Committee, it would eliminate the Dean level of review. However, the issue of the Promotion Committee composition was never incorporated into the three Tentative Agreements that were signed (here).
President Bonina asked our Attorney to review this matter. Attorney Chester’s letter can be read here.
Professional Development Grants
In the past, the 4Cs contract contained different “pots” of money for specific purposes. During contract negotiations, it was agreed that:
  • Grievance/equity accounts remain the same.
  • 1% of payroll to fund promotions and merit awards.
  • 1.35% of payroll for professional development.
  • Other accounts become obligations of the BOR.
  • 26 sabbatical leaves (an increase of about 10 per year)
  • Remaining funds dispersed to members as “professional development grants”.

Members have inquired as to when the professional development grants would be released. We do not have an exact date yet for the professional development grants, but we expect that they will be awarded early in 2018. We will keep you updated.


December 12th, 2017

Posted In: Contract, Principal Bargaining Unit, Professional Development


The current Collective Bargaining Agreement calls for members to notify the Administration of their intent to apply for Promotion by the last day of the semester (12/23/17 for Fall 2017). This was agreed to so that management has time over intersession to perform related photocopying and paperwork. Please note that this is for promotion only.

Members who will be applying for promotion, tenure, and/or sabbatic leave also have a new application deadline: the first day of the spring semester (1/16/18).

The 4Cs website contains many useful tools for those who will be applying for promotion and/or tenure, including copies of application forms, webinars, and sample applications for promotion. Please visit here for more information.

December 6th, 2017

Posted In: Contract, Principal Bargaining Unit