Glendale Community College negotiators have proposed that the district accept a faculty union's demand that instructors' salaries be tied for the first time to a state cost-of-living adjustment.
Representatives of the union, the Glendale Community College Guild, last week applauded the concept of linking the salaries of the faculty it represents to the state adjustment, although the dollar amount is significantly less than their original request.
"There is a sense of cautious optimism about the COLA," guild President Mona Field said. "We are looking forward to negotiations."
The guild, which represents 67% of the college's full-time faculty and 20% of the part-time faculty, has asked for a 15% raise over the next three years, in addition to annual cost-of-living adjustments. Guild members say they need the raise to make up for last year's 1.5% salary increase, considerably less than the 4.8% cost-of-living adjustment contained in state funds given to the district. Guild representatives have said the shortfall was unfair.