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November 11, 2016 With contract negotiations stalled, Seattle Colleges faculty will stage a walkout Nov. 17
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Contract negotiations between the administration and faculty of the Seattle Colleges, which include South Seattle College have reached a deadlock and a federal mediator is coming in to resolve the conflict.

Despite this, and to bring attention, and likely pressure to the mediation process a walkout by faculty is planned for Thursday, November 17 at 12:30 in front of the Olympic Hall theater.

The Chancellor is scheduled to do a budget update at 1:30,

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Faculty member and English Instructor Mike Hickey said, "We haven't received a salary increase in seven years, our tenured faculty with PhD's can't even afford to rent an apartment in West Seattle, and meanwhile the Admin has over $20M in a reserve fund. Oh, and did I mention? The president's salary has increased 28% in those seven years. Out of 34 community and technical colleges in the state, Seattle FT faculty is ranked 14th, yet Seattle has the highest cost of living by far."

The faculty members also say that the SCC student government has agreed to support them and will be in attendance at the walkout.

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