According to Allan Hancock College Part-Time Faculty Association President Mark Miller, the local closed the “parity disparity” between part- and full-time faculty at the Santa Maria college in a newly ratified contract with a salary schedule that includes parity funds for part-time faculty.

Ten years of effort finally culminated in “an approximately 10.4 percent increase for credit lecture instructors, and 4 percent for all the other salary schedules” thanks to cost-of-living-adjustments and Prop. 30 funds.

In other gains, the local negotiated a 20 percent increase in office hour pay, a salary schedule for non-credit instructors that recognizes advanced education, and stronger seniority rights for counselors.