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Board OKs deal with FMCC unit

October 10, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new four-year contract between Fulton-Montgomery Community College and its 16-member Buildings and Grounds Unit that calls for annual raises of 1.5 percent.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger said after the board meeting the new collective bargaining agreement also involves a switch in health insurance that saves the college about $380,000.

"Not approving the contract would actually cost the county more money," Swanger said.

Article Photos

Community College
President Dustin Swanger is shown
Tuesday at the Fulton County Board of
Supervisors’ chambers.

Photo by
Michael Anich
The Leader-Herald

The board approved two new contracts for FMCC unions Tuesday at the County Office Building. Action followed a closed-door executive session with Swanger. The other contract approval was with the college's 35-member Educational Support Personnel Unit. Both contracts run from Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2016.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said afterward only details about the Buildings and Grounds Unit could be made public Tuesday because Fulton County's approval was the last needed for that pact. He said final approval of the Educational Support Personnel Unit contract is pending Montgomery County supervisors' approval.

Swanger noted what is not extensively spelled out in the contract is members of that union agreed to a health insurance change. Coverage is being moved from three plans - Blue Cross-Blue Shield, regular Mohawk Valley Physicians, and Blue Shield HMO - to NY 44 Trust. He said the trust saves FMCC about $380,000.

Swanger said premiums are lower, with better health benefits.

"It's actually a really good plan," Swanger said. "It's through MVP."



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