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Community College Adjunct Professors Claim State Stonewalling Contract

Adjunct professors working in New Hampshire’s community colleges are asking the state’s labor board to intervene in negotiations on a union contract.

The move comes after two years of failed negotiations.

The State Employees Association filed an unfair labor practice petition this week on behalf of the adjunct professors.

It accuses community college system officials of obstructing negotiations on a first contract with the union.

Craig Lange is an adjunct professor in Nashua.

“While we bring very well crafted, very well thought out proposals to the table, they seem to just give us stonewall. They give us the minimum kind of proposal on something that is peripheral, not a key issue.”

The petition asks the state’s labor board to order the community college system to bargain in good faith.

Community college system spokeswoman Shannon Reid says while negotiations have been challenging, she denied there have been any efforts to block an agreement.

The contract would cover roughly 500 of the state’s adjunct professors.

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