What to Know
- Around 1200 faculty and staff members at the Community College of Philadelphia are set to go on strike.
- The union says they've been working without a contract for more than three years.
- A spokesperson for the school said they were "disappointed" by the union's decision to strike.
Staffers at the Community College of Philadelphia are set to go on strike.
The Union, which represents, 1200 CCP faculty and staff, says they've been working without a contract for more than three years. Negotiations in contract talks have been stalled for more than two years. College President Donald Generals had said in January that administrators were considering imposing a contract.
Last month the union announced that 91 percent of its members had cast ballots in favor of calling a strike. Staffers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to strike in the coming days if the Community College of Philadelphia didn’t return to the bargaining table and accept the Union’s pre-strike offer.
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The staffers say they’re prepared to strike in order to protect access to quality education at the college.
“We teach 36 students per class,” Yusefa Smith, full-time faculty member in Foundational Math, said. “At Montco and Bucks, it’s 27-28 students per class. Dr. Generals wants us to teach two more classes a year. We will be responsible for educating 80 more students each year than a professor at Montco or Bucks. That’s going to subtract from our students’ education.”
The Union said they compromised on several issues in their final pre-strike offer.
“We proposed a system that would allow professors who are willing to tackle the extra work to do so, while those who can support themselves and their families teaching a standard full-time teaching assignment can continue to do so,” Junior Brainard, Co-President of the Union, said.
A spokesperson for the Community College of Philadelphia told NBC10 they were disappointed by the Union’s decision to strike.
“Late Tuesday evening, the Federation forwarded its pre-strike demand. Unfortunately, the Union sought raises of more than 26 percent over the life of the contract,” the spokesperson said. “The Union’s demands would increase the College's current costs by $82.8 million, which is $73.5 million higher than the amount of the College administration’s proposals in the best and final offer.”
The Union hasn’t revealed a specific date for when the strike will begin. Classes will continue until further notice.
The Community College of Philadelphia is a public, open-admission institution in Philadelphia with more than 34,000 students enrolled annually. Its main campus is located on 1700 Spring Garden Street in Philly’s Fairmount section. It also has locations in Northwest Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.
All of the school's locations will remain open with most services available to students.