Economy & Business
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MATC and Union Sign New Contract - Months Earlier Than Usual

The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

MATC contract features concessions and concerns.
Credit Dave Reid, Flickr

The tech college and the American Federation of Teachers Local 212 signed their current three-year deal, before Gov. Walker enacted Act 10.

MATC Board Member David Dull was in the minority Tuesday evening - he voted against the new one-year contract. He admitted he likes some components, but not the fact negotiations took place now.

Dull is also president and CEO of Allis Roller LLC in Franklin.

(As of early Thursday, Local 212 had not returned our request to share its perspective.)