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Teacher says strike gave faculty more than a new contract

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Teacher says strike gave faculty more than a new contract

KGMI New Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Faculty and staff at Bellingham Technical College say they came away from last week’s strike with a stronger voice and a better relationship with the administration.

The six day strike ended Sunday, and classes started on Monday.

Steve Mudd, who is starting his 19th year as a teacher at BTC, says he’s happy to be off the picket line and back with the students.

Play Steve Mudd on being back

The board of trustees at BTC finalized the contract agreements at a special meeting on Monday.

BTC students received their financial aid payments that afternoon.

The new teachers’ contract includes a 3 percent pay increase and new workload definitions. Mudd says they didn’t get everything they wanted.

The new contract includes no changes on covert surveillance of faculty by the administration, which was one of the teachers’ sticking points.