Community College of Philadelphia faculty authorize leadership to call for strike vote

Mike DeNardo
February 26, 2019 - 5:56 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The faculty at Community College of Philadelphia have moved a step closer to a strike. 

Members of the faculty union at CCP have overwhelmingly voted to authorize their leadership to call for a strike vote, says union co-president Junior Brainard. 

"We do hope to be able to resolve this through negotiations. Our goal is a fair contract. But we are mobilizing and preparing to be able to strike if necessary," Brainard said. 

Brainard says after four days of balloting, 91 percent of the members voted for a strike authorization. He says any strike could happen as soon as March 18, and that there would be another membership vote before any strike.  

CCP and the union have been trying to negotiate a new contract for 2 1/2 years.  

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College president Donald "Guy" Generals says the college could have imposed a contract, but it hasn't. 

"Despite our right to impose the best and final offer, we've held off, because there are mediators that are trying to find a way to bring us together. That's been going on for the last three or four weeks," Generals said.

Among the issues is the workload, as the college wants new faculty members to teach five courses a semester, instead of the current four.

If there is a strike, Generals says many, if not all classes would have to be cancelled and made up later.