In response to readers' inquiries regarding how much Mt. Hood Community College is paying to hire a representative during the ongoing negotiations with its full-time Faculty Association, Randy Stedman, the college's bargaining chairman, provided this response.

'The college has retained (Stedman's firm) Workplace Practices group for several projects over the last two years: a project to assess the (human resources) department, on-going advice on labor relations issues unrelated to bargaining, an executive search assignment to fill the chief human resources officer position, a project to implement a new salary administration program, a project to lead the mediation for part-time faculty negotiations, a project to serve as bargaining chair for the classified employee negotiations, and a project to serve as bargaining chair for the faculty negotiations.

'Beginning Jan. 20, 2010, invoices to the college from Workplace Practices Group for all projects above total $136,354.66, roughly half of which is related to full-time faculty negotiations.'

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