Community College Faculty in Minnesota Seek $1.6 million in Back Pay

Faculty at Minnesota’s 30 community colleges are seeking $1.6 million in back pay under a settlement their union reached with the Minnesota State system earlier this year.

The Minnesota State College Faculty union has argued since 2010 that the system does not properly compensate members who take on added work such as overseeing independent studies, science labs and internships or chairing their departments. The union sued the system in late 2017, and this spring the two sides agreed to revisit faculty pay during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, setting a cap on total payment claims at $1.9 million.

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