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Illinois college's faculty OKs new contract

(via Flickr/Lewis and Clark Community College)
A view overlooking Lewis & Clark Community College's Godfrey, Ill. campus.

Educators at a southwestern Illinois college have reached a strike-averting, three-year contract.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that educators at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey ratified the deal Sunday night.

Eighty-two members of the bargaining unit voted in favor of the proposal, which gives full-time wage increases of more than 6 percent over the contract's length. It's retroactive to mid-August.

The contract also increased compensation for lab and clinical instructors.

College President Dale Chapman says the administration is grateful for the union's approval of the contract and its vote not to strike.

The 103 full-time faculty members have been working without a contract since July.

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