ESP union agreement approved

JOHNSTOWN — A new collective bargaining agreement for Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Educational Support Personnel unit, or ESP union, was approved Monday by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors.

The new contract is between the union, FMCC, and Fulton and Montgomery counties.

It was ratified following an executive session — attended by FMCC officials that included college President Dustin Swanger — at the County Office Building. Supervisors toured FMCC following the meeting.

The new ESP contract runs from Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said he couldn’t release public details on the agreement until the Montgomery County Legislature approves it.

“Montgomery County, one of the partners to this labor agreement, will not be a [voting] party until later this month or next month,” Stead said.

In other board action regarding FMCC:

∫ The board authorized an additional $4,000 amendment to a $52,200 contract with JMZ Architects and Planners P.C. for the FMCC PE Building bathrooms and locker rooms project. The amendment is for additional construction administration services. Supervisors also approved a separate $4,000 amendment for more construction administration services for the same company’s $156,290 contract for the FMCC campus labs and classrooms project.

∫ William Brady Construction was released as clerk of the works for capital projects at FMCC, retroactive to July 6. The board authorized a contract with Fulmont College Association of Johnstown for clerk of the works services for the FMCC PE Building bathrooms and locker rooms project. The project is at a cost of $35 per hour, not to exceed $4,000. The Fulmont College Association was also contracted as clerk of the works for the FMCC campus labs and classrooms phase one project at the same cost.

∫ Supervisors authorized purchase of certain furniture and furnishings for the FMCC Student Union improvement project. Items are being purchased by FMCC through Standard Commercial Interiors of Albany through a state contract not to exceed $32,973.

∫ A $5,000 change order was approved to add to the original $1.2 million contract that FMCC has with Bast Hatfield Construction LLC for the college’s PE Building project.

∫ The board also allowed purchase of upgraded HVAC controls for the FMCC priority campus safety project. Purchases will be for the FMCC PE Building through Trane YS Incorporated of Latham at a cost not to exceed $10,681.

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