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Want to help BTC students through the Emergency Fund?
As you have read students can’t access their financial aid until classes are in session. The BTC foundation has set up an Emergency Fund with grants to these students. You can provide donations to this fund by clicking on the link below and Donate Now. This donation can be made with a credit card.

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Watch this page for updates and the latest information, or call our College Emergency Information Hotline at 360-752-8766. You can also send an email to Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at: MSalingMayer@btc.ctc.edu


  • September 30: BTC Board of Trustees approves both BEA and BEST contract agreements

    At a special meeting Monday, September 30, 2013 Bellingham Technical College’s (BTC) Board of Trustees approved both the Bellingham Education Association (BEA) and Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) contract agreements.

    BEA and BEST ratified their agreements on Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm. BEA contract elements included a 3% or more increase and addressed summer contracts, faculty office hours, definitions of workload, etc. BEST’s contract covered a variety of salary adjustments over the four years of the contract.

    BTC opened and followed their regular schedule today (Monday September 30), with a new instructional calendar coming available as soon as possible. Financial Aid was disbursed this afternoon.

    BTC called this special meeting of the Board of Trustees to expedite the full approval of both the BEA and BEST contracts. Information outlining the details of each contract settlement will be made available on our BTC Bargaining Updates page on our website: BEA Final Agreement: www.btc.ctc.edu/BEA-FinalLetter BEST Final Agreement: www.btc.ctc.edu/BEST-FinalLetter.

    "Bellingham Technical College is pleased to have finalized both the BEA and BEST contracts tonight. This brings some closure and is another important step in moving through a very difficult time for all of us. The good news is that our students are back on campus and in the classrooms. And now we can show them why they chose to attend BTC in the first place—to get an excellent education." said Patricia McKeown, BTC President.

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  • September 29: BEA and BEST Ratify Tentative Contract Agreements

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Bellingham Education Association (BEA) and Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) reached tentative agreements at 8 pm Saturday, September 28, 2013 with BEA and BEST ratifying those agreements on Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm.

    BTC will open and follow their regular schedule on Monday September 30. A new instructional calendar will be available as soon as possible. Financial Aid will start being disbursed on Monday afternoon.

    Bellingham Technical College is calling a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to expedite a full ratification for both the BEA and BEST contracts by the Board, Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm. Once the contracts are completely approved, information outlining the details of each contract settlement will be made available on our BTC Bargaining Updates page on our website: BEA Final Agreement: www.btc.ctc.edu/BEA-FinalLetter BEST Final Agreement: www.btc.ctc.edu/BEST-FinalLetter.

    "Bellingham Technical College is pleased to have finalized tentative agreements with both the BEA and BEST unions today. This has been a very difficult start of the new instructional year. We will all need to help each other through a healing process and get back to doing what we do best - changing our students’ lives for the better and contributing to a healthy economy," said Patricia McKeown, BTC President.

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  • September 28: BTC, BEA and BEST Reach Tentative Contract Agreements

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC), Bellingham Education Association (BEA) and Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) reached tentative agreements at 8 pm Saturday, September 28, 2013. Details of the agreements are being finalized between the College and both unions.

    BTC’s Board of Trustees will meet to consider approval after BEA and BEST have ratified their contracts. Details about the contract settlements will be made available at that time on our BTC Bargaining Updates page of our website: www.btc.ctc.edu

    BTC plans to open and follow their regular schedule on Monday September 30, 2013. A new instructional calendar will be available as soon as possible. This calendar is not finalized until the contract is approved by the Board of Trustees.

    "Bellingham Technical College is pleased to have reached agreement with both the BEA and BEST unions today. We are now able to look at the year ahead, and focus on our shared mission of helping our students achieve their educational success," said Patricia McKeown, BTC President.

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  • September 27: BTC And BTC Foundation Offer Alternatives To Help Students In Urgent Financial Need As Bargaining Continues Today With Both Unions

    In an ongoing effort to respond to student needs, Bellingham Technical College (BTC), the BTC Foundation and its Board of Directors worked overnight to come up with options for emergency funding for students whose financial aid disbursements have been delayed and who are experiencing extreme financial hardship. The Foundation Board of Directors, Dean Fulton, BTC’s Foundation Executive Director, Sharon Isenhart and Mike Fentress, BTC’s Director of Financial Aid, have an Emergency Fund solution in place as of this morning to support these students.

    In an effort to help alleviate some of the extreme financial stress from the students until classes resume and they can access their financial aid, BTC’s Financial Aid Office is giving explanatory letters on request to students whose financial aid has been delayed to help them with appeals to landlords or appeals to those expecting timely payments. The letter explains the reason behind the Financial Aid disbursement delay. We hope landlords and others will provide some leniency on payment deadlines.

    “I know first-hand how many of our BTC students depend on their financial support dollars. If there is a way to help some of the most needy I feel it should be an obligation of our Foundation to do so. It is in fact part of our stated Mission Statement to Enhance Student Success at BTC. There can be no student success if they are not able to stay in school. The BTC Foundation is proud to support our students during this difficult time,” said Sharon Isenhart, BTC Foundation Board President.

    Many students are facing tremendous financial hardships due to this delay in financial aid disbursements. They count on these funds to pay for college tuition and fees, books, rent, groceries, and childcare - and to graduate on time.

    The BTC Foundation Executive Committee created a plan yesterday and conducted an emergency meeting first thing this morning to discuss this proposal and approve it. Patricia McKeown also made a generous contribution this morning to support the BTC Student Emergency Fund. The funds are a grant for students who receive them.

    Bargaining with BEST continued last night until 7:45 pm with BTC presenting BEST with a new proposal. BTC also revised the BEA contract proposal in preparation for presentation to the BEA bargaining team today at 12:30pm. Last night BTC delivered a letter to the BEA negotiating team. Attached is the letter presented to BEA: www.btc.ctc.edu/BEALetterSept26

    We also have a Student FAQ to answer your questions: www.btc.ctc.edu/AboutBTC/Press/FAQ-Students.pdf

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  • No Classes Being Held On Friday, September 27 At Bellingham Technical College As Strike Continues

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will not hold classes Friday, September 27. Negotiations continue with Bellingham Education Association, representing faculty and The Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) representing BTC’s Classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff.

    "BTC is hopeful for a speedy resolution so that we can all get back to our shared mission of providing education to our students," said Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at Bellingham Technical College.


  • No Classes Being Held On Thursday September 26 At Bellingham Technical College As Strike Continues

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) will not hold classes Thursday, September 26. Negotiations continue. The BTC bargaining team remains available to negotiate around the clock if necessary, to resolve the remaining issues and reach agreement.

  • September 25: BTC Appeals To BEA Union To End Unlawful Strike And Start Fall Classes

    Bellingham Technical College


    (BTC) strongly urges the BEA union to end this unlawful strike. In an effort to get students back into classrooms and provide them their financial aid, BTC presented the BEA union with a letter stating the College’s decision to decline continuing negotiations until the BEA union concludes their strike and returns to the classroom. This letter was presented this evening to the BEA union bargaining team.

    Many students are facing tremendous financial hardships in not having their financial aid disbursed. They count on these funds to pay for college, to pay for their books, rent, groceries, to pay for childcare and graduate on time.

    Attached is the letter presented to BEA: www.btc.ctc.edu/BTCAppeal

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  • September 25: BTC And BEST Continue Negotiations After Initial Mediation

    BTC met with the Bellingham Educational Support Team (BEST), representing classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support today starting at 4 pm. The teams shared proposals.

    BTC’s bargaining team is remaining available to continue negotiations until a settlement is reached.

    We also have a Student FAQ to answer your questions: www.btc.ctc.edu/AboutBTC/Press/FAQ-Students.pdf

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  • September 25: BTC and BEST began mediation with PERC today at 4 pm

    The Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) which represents Bellingham Technical College’s (BTC) Classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff officially took a strike authorization vote at 5 pm on September 24. BEST is represented by Greg Alarid (who is also the BEA union representative).

    Joint bargaining sessions between BTC and BEST began in May 2013 and continued through Thursday, September 12, 2013. At that time the parties had jointly requested the assistance of a State mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). No mediation meetings had been scheduled prior to this strike authorization. Bargaining with the assistance of State mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King, began today at 4 pm.

    "BTC deeply values all of our staff members and we are very appreciative of the collaborative efforts on both sides of the table that have occurred so far. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the hope to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties," said Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at Bellingham Technical College.

    BTC’s most current offer to BEST will be posted on our website later this evening.

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  • September 25: Bellingham Education Association team continues strike.

    Bellingham Education Association (BEA), representing Bellingham Technical College’s faculty continue to strike.

    BTC and BEA resumed mediation at 11:30 am Tuesday, September 24, 2013, and BTC fully responded to the BEA's latest proposals. The next bargaining session will be scheduled by the State mediators.

    The BTC bargaining team remains available to negotiate, around the clock if necessary, to resolve the remaining issues and reach agreement on the next faculty contract.

    All fall quarter classes have been delayed until the end of the strike. To help answer students questions we also have created Student FAQ which you can find: www.btc.ctc.edu/AboutBTC/Press/FAQ-Students.pdf

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  • September 24: Bellingham Education Association are striking today.

    Bellingham Education Association are striking today. Classes will most likely be delayed tomorrow and for the duration of the strike. The bargain teams are still in negotiations. We will have new update here by midnight tonight or before.

    Students can come in to register, pay for classes and meet with advisors in College Services. Call our advisors at 360.752.8345.

    BTC’s Bookstore will be open during posted hours and the Campus Center library is open to students from 8 am to 5 pm.

    Note for students: Unfortunately, we cannot award financial aid until after classes are in session (this is a federal requirement). There may be a one-day delay on releasing funds after classes begin.

    Our hotline is: 360-752-8766. Check web for more information.


  • September 24: BTC denied injunction today

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) was denied the injunction it sought to get the Bellingham Education Association (BEA) faculty back to work at this time. The BEA made the decision at 10:30 pm last night to strike today. All BTC classes are delayed until negotiations are resolved.

    The college argued that this strike is harming students because their financial aid cannot be disbursed until classes start.

    Judge Fred Heydrich confirmed that a strike is illegal and that the strike harms students because by law they cannot collect financial aid until classes begin. He felt that both parties are well equipped to continue working towards a resolution and urged them to work in good faith towards an acceptable agreement. He indicated that if there was not an agreement by the end of the week that he would expect both parties to return to court at 9 am on Monday.

    BTC’s student services offices are open for students to come in to register, meet with advisors and pay for classes. BTC’s Bookstore will be open during posted hours and the Campus Center library is open to students from 8 am to 5 pm.

    Bellingham Technical College and BEA have been using the assistance of Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King in their bargaining process.

    "Our main concern is our students, and helping them navigate this situation. We are hopeful that we will arrive at a resolution soon. We all want to get back to the shared mission of our college which is educating students," said Marni Saling Mayer BTC’s spokesperson.

    For more information and details of BTC’s offers, click on the links on the right side of this page.

    We also have a Student FAQ to answer your questions: www.btc.ctc.edu/AboutBTC/Press/FAQ-Students.pdf

    Watch this page for updates and the latest information, or call our College Emergency Information Hotline at 360-752-8766. You can also send an email to Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at: MSalingMayer@btc.ctc.edu

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  • Bellingham Education Association team declares strike starting September 24

    Bellingham Education Association (BEA), representing faculty, announced their intention to strike starting tomorrow, September 24. Bellingham Technical College made an additional salary increase and language offer to BEA at 10:30 pm Monday evening. After receiving the offer the faculty indicated that they had made the decision to move forward with a strike tomorrow morning. The teams will restart their negotiations again midday tomorrow.

    Classes will be cancelled on Tuesday, September 24 and for the duration of the strike. BTC’s Bookstore will be open during posted hours and the Campus Center library is open to students from 8 am to 5 pm.

    While we are disappointed to not have reached an agreement, BTC’s bargaining team is remaining available to continue negotiations until a settlement is reached.


  • Monday, September 23, 2013

    Bellingham Technical College and Bellingham Education Association (BEA) representing BTC’s faculty have been using the assistance of Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King in their bargaining process.

    Both parties began meeting today, at noon, when BTC’s team presented the new offer to BEA. The negotiations are continuing. For more details see the Office of the President Updates (On the right side of this page).

    Information and updates will be posted here as negotiations proceed and as the parties work to reach agreement.


  • Sunday, September 22, 2013

    Bellingham Technical College and Bellingham Education Association (BEA) representing BTC’s faculty have been using the assistance of Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King in their bargaining process.

    The parties began meeting on Friday, September 20 from 2pm until 9pm, Saturday, September 21 from 11 am until 7:30 pm and today (September 22) from 11am – 2:30 pm. Both parties are also scheduled to meet again tomorrow, Monday, September 23 starting at noon.

    Information and updates will be posted here as negotiations proceed and as the parties work to reach agreement.


  • Saturday, September 21

    Bellingham Technical College and Bellingham Education Association (BEA) representing BTC’s faculty agreed to the assistance of mediators from Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

    The parties met on Friday September 20, from 2 pm until 9 pm and will meet today starting at 11 am (Saturday, September 21) with PERC mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King. Information and updates will be posted here as negotiations proceed and as the parties work to reach agreement.


  • Friday, September 20

    Bellingham Technical College and Bellingham Education Association (BEA) which represents BTC’s faculty agreed to the assistance of mediators from Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

    The parties began meeting at 2 pm today with PERC mediators Lisa Hartrich and Casey King on Friday, on September 20. Information and updates will be available here as negotiations proceed and as the parties work to reach agreement.


  • College Update Email Message: Students and Everybody:
    September 19, 12:23 pm
    BTC Responds to Picketing Issues At Today’s BTC Board of Trustees Meeting

    To Bellingham Technical College Students:

    You may be seeing and hearing news that BTC’s faculty held an informational picket today at BTC’s Board of Trustee Meeting. Faculty attended a BTC Board meeting to express their concerns over current labor negotiations between College Administration and the union representing those employees – the Bellingham Education Association (BEA). This is not unusual during contract negotiations although somewhat surprising at this time. Bargaining with our faculty has, up until now, been largely focused on workload issues with little discussion of wages until just recently.

    Bargaining with the BEA has been proceeding in good faith and college negotiators look forward to continuing to meet and move forward to agreement on the remaining issues. At this time BTC expects classes to begin as scheduled on Tuesday, September 24, and will provide you with updates on our website below.

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  • Press Release:
    September 19, 10:34 am
    BTC Responds to Picketing Issues At Today’s BTC Board of Trustees Meeting

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) offers updates on the issues brought forth by faculty and Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) classified staff during the informational picketing at this morning’s Board of Trustee Meeting at BTC. This is not an unusual situation during contract negotiations. Bargaining has been largely focused on workload issues with little discussion of wages until just recently.

    The majority of BTC’s union classified staff and many faculty receive regular increases annually ranging from 3-5% along with additional cost of living increases provided by the state legislature and the bargaining process. While it is true that the state has not provided cost of living increases for the past five years the college has provided small increases for classified staff in 2010 and 2011 in addition to the range of a 3-5% annual step/longevity increases they normally receive. In 2012 and 2013, BTC was able to avoid salary cuts to its employees during a time when employees at most other colleges and all state agencies were taking 3% salary cuts.

    BTC’s administrators and exempt staff do not receive annual increases as a part of their compensation. Instead, we rely on market data to measure the equity of the compensation for these positions – specifically, annual data provided on similar positions within the 34 Community and Technical college system. When administrator and exempt positions fall significantly below the average salary for comparable position, the college provides increases that bring the position up to average. Three years ago, two of the College Vice Presidents received compensation increases (after having salaries that were some of the lowest in the state system for many years) this brought their salaries only up to the state average. Since that time, the salaries for these positions have now once again fallen below average for the system. The College also proposes retention increases for union classified positions based on market data.

    It is the priority of BTC to ensure all of its employees receive equitable compensation packages that are competitive with their peers at other Washington two-year institutions. Available information from the State shows that BTC faculty and classified staff receive above average wages when compared to their counterparts in the State Community and Technical College system.

    "BTC deeply values all of our staff members and we are very appreciative of the collaborative efforts on both sides of the table that have occurred so far. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the hope to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties," said Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at Bellingham Technical College.

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  • College Update Email Message: Everybody:
    September 19, 8:21 am
    BTC Responds to Picketing Issues and Provides Salary information

    The informational picketing that is potentially occurring this morning at Bellingham Technical College’s Board of Trustee Meeting is not unusual for our faculty during contract negotiations although somewhat surprising at this time. Bargaining with our faculty has, up until now, been largely focused on workload issues with little discussion of wages until just recently.

    BTC’s president has served in her role since August of 2010 and has not received pay increase since taking her role as President. In fact, the compensation of all of BTC’s administrator’s is below average when compared to similar positions in the Community and Technical College system. Information related to administrators and faculty salaries can be found at:
    www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/hr/AdminSalSurvey2013.pdf
    www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_f-salaries.aspx
    www.theolympian.com/state-salaries/.

    BTC deeply values all of our staff members and we are very appreciative of the collaborative efforts on both sides of the table that have occurred so far. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the hope to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties.

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  • Press Release:
    September 19, 2013 - 8:00 am
    BTC Responds to Informational Picketing Potential At Today’s BTC Board of Trustees Meeting

    The informational picketing that is potentially occurring this morning at Bellingham Technical College’s Board of Trustee Meeting is not unusual for our faculty during contract negotiations although somewhat surprising at this time. Bargaining with our faculty has, up until now, been largely focused on workload issues with little discussion of wages until just recently.

    BTC’s president has served in her role since August of 2010 and has not received pay increase since taking her role as President. In fact, the compensation of all of BTC’s administrator’s is below average when compared to similar positions in the Community and Technical College system.

    "BTC deeply values all of our staff members and we are very appreciative of the collaborative efforts on both sides of the table that have occurred so far. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the hope to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties," said Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at Bellingham Technical College.

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  • Teamster Local Union No. 231 (Teamsters) Settlement Update - September 17, 2013

    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) and Teamsters Local Union No. 231 (Teamsters) which represents the College’s facilities and food services staff have reached agreement on a five year contract (retroactively effective on January 1, 2013).

    Joint bargaining sessions to reach a new contract agreement began in October 2012. At a PERC mediation meeting held on August 15, 2013 talks came to a positive resolution. The resulting tentative contract agreement was ratified by Teamsters on Friday, August 30, 2013 and the BTC Board of Trustees on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

    This new contract will be in effect until December 31, 2017.


  • Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) Union Update - September 17, 2013

    Joint bargaining sessions which began in May 2013 between Bellingham Technical College (BTC) and Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) Union representing BTC’s classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff reached an impasse on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

    The parties will jointly request the assistance of a state mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Information and updates will be available as negotiations proceed and the parties work to reach agreements.


  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    In response to a joint request for mediation filed by BTC and Teamsters Union Local #231 on July 15, 2013, the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) has assigned Mathew Greer as mediator. A mediation session has been scheduled on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

    For more information and updates you can check the BTC website: www.btc.ctc.edu or send an email to Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at: MSalingMayer@btc.ctc.edu

    As a reminder, Bellingham Technical College contracts with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to provide an Employee Assistance program (EAP). This service provides free, confidential, short-term professional counseling and referrals to help employees and family members of Bellingham Technical College resolve problems, issues and stresses. You can learn more about these services through the HR department or directly at EAP at http://www.peacehealth.org/st-joseph/community-health-and-wellness/health-promotion-northwest/Pages/default.aspx# or 360 788-6565


  • Friday, June 28, 2013

    Today, after several months of bargaining, the Teamsters Local Union No. 231 which represents Bellingham Technical College’s (BTC) facilities and food services staff has rejected the contract offer made by the college on May 4, 2013.

    Joint bargaining sessions to reach a new contract agreement began in October 2012 with Teamsters Local Union No. 231. Approximately 15 meetings were held and talks have been amiable and have had a positive tone. In general, there has been good discussion and tentative agreements on several items have been reached.

    It is expected that an impasse will be officially declared and that the parties will request the assistance of a state mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Information and updates will be available as negotiations proceed and the parties work to reach agreements.


Bellingham Technical College has three different bargaining units, listed below:

  1. Teamsters Local Union No. 231 Representing Facilities and Food Service staff
  2. Bellingham Education Association (BEA) Representing Faculty
  3. Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST) Union representing Classified clerical, technical, instructional and retail support staff.

BTC’s Union Contract Dates:

  1. Teamsters Local Union No. 231: January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2017
  2. Bellingham Education Association (BEA): July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013
  3. Bellingham Education Support Team (BEST): July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

Watch this page for more information and updates or you can send an email to Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at: MSalingMayer@btc.ctc.edu

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