Community College of Philadelphia teachers, staff protest working two years without a contract

CCP says an increase in course load is consistent with other community colleges across the state.

Kim Glovas
August 27, 2018 - 9:48 am
Unionized faculty and support staff rally outside Community College of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Unionized faculty and support staff rallied outside Community College of Philadelphia today. They have been working without a contract for two years. 

"You say BAFO! We say Hell NO!" they shouted.

BAFO stands for "best and final offer." Members of the Faculty and Staff Federation of CCP say the college gave them that offer two months ago, and is now refusing to negotiate. 

Union treasurer John Braxton said, "The biggest issue is that they want full-time faculty to start teaching an extra course every semester. Right now, faculty can teach an extra course if they choose to, and about a third of them do, but they want to make it mandatory."

He says that reduces the ability of faculty to meet with students. On its website, CCP says the increase in course load is consistent with other community colleges across the state. The union also says many support staff are not making a living wage.