KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The first day of classes at Bellingham Technical College are cancelled today as faculty teachers are on strike.
Contract negotiations between the faculty union and the college administration ended late last night without an agreement.
The striking faculty started picketing the college at 7 a.m. this morning.
BTC faculty member Gregory Rehm says they’re demanding salary increases that reflect the cost of living and their increased workloads.
The college administration made another salary offer to the faculty union at 10:30 last night. After receiving the offer, the faculty decided to move forward with a strike.
The two sides will restart their negotiations midday today.
Classes will be cancelled at BTC for the duration of the strike, but the bookstore and the campus library will remain open.
The striking teachers have created a web site, www.btcfacultyvoice.org, where people can go for information.
For more details on BTC contract offers, go to www.btc.ctc.edu/contractproposal.
BTC has a student FAQ and at www.btc.ctc.edu/aboutbtc/press/faq-students.pdf.