- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) - Faculty and administrators at Green River College in Auburn are squaring off over proposed budget cuts, with the faculty union and management battling over a contract for more than a year.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1QLryGb ) that President Eileen Ely wants to close three programs because of declining enrollment and a looming $5.7 million shortfall. Faculty-union officials say she is trying to close member-run programs to intimidate the union.

The union has organized marches, calls for Ely’s resignation, no-confidence votes and a vote in favor of a measure authorizing the union to call for a strike.

Faculty union President Mark Millbauer says the two sides are $152,800 apart in negotiations and the union has lowered its demands several times.

Last month, the Green River College Board of Trustees released a letter affirming their confidence in Ely.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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