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File #: 190277    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/4/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/11/2019
Title: Urging the Community College of Philadelphia's administration, faculty, and support staff to quickly resolve their contract dispute to ensure the best possible education for their students.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 19027700, 2. Signature19027700
Title
Urging the Community College of Philadelphia's administration, faculty, and support staff to quickly resolve their contract dispute to ensure the best possible education for their students.
Body
WHEREAS, For the past three years, contract negotiations have stagnated between the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) administration and the union which represents 1,200 CCP faculty and support staff. In the meantime, the faculty and staff have been working in accordance with the terms of a contract which expired in August 2016; and

WHEREAS, In late March, over 90% of the union's members voted in favor of allowing their leaders to call a strike as soon as the first week of April. Negotiations subsequently revived and have stretched long hours, with concerns about preserving affordability for students balanced with disagreements about health insurance contributions, faculty workload, and salary increases; and

WHEREAS, The threat of the union's first strike since 2007 looms over the negotiations; and

WHEREAS, Should a strike occur, the administration has stated it will try to keep classes in session. However, if not enough faculty were to report, the school may have no choice but to close for the duration of the strike. This would have a broad and deep impact on students who are mere weeks from graduation; and

WHEREAS, CCP administrators have warned faculty and staff that if they go on strike, state law prohibits CCP from providing any compensation to striking employees, including pay and healthcare benefits. Striking employees could instead elect to pay for coverage under a federal law known as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA; and

WHEREAS, Exacerbating these issues is the fact that the City does not pay its fair share to support CCP's budget. When the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania founded community colleges in 1963, it mandated equal funding from three sources: the Commonwealth, the City, and the students. The City has no...

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