PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Faculty and staff members at the Community College of Philadelphia have voted to go on strike. At the start of April, 1,200 members of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2026 will strike.READ MORE: Data Correction Drops COVID Vaccine Rates In Pennsylvania
The vote was nearly unanimous; 98 percent of union members voted in favor of the strike.
The decision comes after three years of negotiations, in which CCP faculty sought pay raises that aren’t wiped out by healthcare and retirement costs and more resources to better help students. The union notes that they “remain committed to trying to settle contracts without a strike if the CCP Administration will come back to the table and negotiate in good faith.”
Officials at CCP responded with a statement Wednesday night.READ MORE: Spring Garden Community Pantry Collects Winter Gear For Those In Need On Black Friday
“The College administration is disappointed that the Faculty and Staff Federation (the Federation) of Community College of Philadelphia is calling for a strike just weeks before the semester’s end.”
The college said the union’s demands would increase spending by $82 million. CCP claims its final offer gives new instructors salaries that are $10,000 higher than community colleges in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
In February, the college’s president offered these words for students worried about their future if a strike were to happen.
“I say to them, first of all, that we’re doing all we can to try to settle this, we will ensure that their education will be complete this semester, as well as for those who are graduating and beyond,” Dr. Donald Guy said.MORE NEWS: Dozens Of Mom-And-Pop Shops In Manayunk Prepare For Small Business Saturday
The last time faculty and staff went on strike was in 2007. That walkout lasted two weeks.