WCC teachers hopeful Latimer will fast-track contractPosted: Updated:
After years of working without a contract, hundreds of teachers at Westchester Community College say they are hopeful because the county's new leadership is fast-tracking the process.
For years, faculty and civil service employees at Westchester Community College have protested having to work without a contract. County Executive George Latimer announced Wednesday that he sent long-held contracts for WCC to the Board of Legislators for review.
It's a final step in the contract process that officials say the Astorino administration failed to do.
The new chairman of the Board of Legislators says he expects the long-delayed contract process to now take on a renewed sense of urgency.
The first step is to get it to various committees.
"Then it will be taken out of committee upon approval, then sent to full Board of Legislators for approval. We expect that process to move fast,” says Ben Boykin, chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators.
If approved, the contracts for the 600 union employees would only run through Aug. 31 of this year. Then it's back to the bargaining table again.