By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More contract talks are on tap tomorrow between Community College of Philadelphia and its faculty (see previous story).

With cuts in government funding over the last several years, Community College of Philadelphia is proposing tying salary increases over the final three years of a five-year proposal to city and state funding.

College president Stephen Curtis says if the money drops more than two percent, raises could be delayed.

“Specifically because it is a stretch, we’re looking for some alternatives that would afford some protection,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

Union co-president John Braxton says he wants salary increases locked in, especially if the college is going to make his members pay more for health care:

“They’re basically saying, ‘We guarantee you’d have to pay a lot more but we’re not guaranteeing that you would get any raises.’ ”

The previous contract expired in August.  Braxton says there’s no decision on a strike date, but after spring break in mid-March would be a likely time.

The union last struck for two weeks in 2007.


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