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Faculty and Staff Federation of CCP

Since 1970, the Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia (FSFCCP) has helped to make CCP a good place to work.  Thanks to the steady participation of its members in union activities, FSFCCP has been able to secure and defend some of the best community college employee contracts in the country.  Our members are divided into three bargaining units: Full-Time Faculty; Classified Employees; and Adjunct and Visiting Lecturer Faculty.  We are proud of our history of working together for three contracts.  We are affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFT-Pennsylvania, and the AFL-CIO.

Get Involved

Get Involved with the Union
Get Involved with the Joint Governance Structure
Get Involved with College Joint Committees
 


Get Involved with the Union

Become a Member
If you are not yet a union member, we encourage you to join the union.  Full-Time Faculty, Part-Time Faculty and Visiting Lecturers, and Classified Employees who are not members of the union pay fair-share dues, which are currently 78% of the regular union duesThe Faculty and Staff Federation has a legal obligation to represent all employees in a bargaining unit, whether they are members or not, but we encourage all faculty and staff to join the union.  Only union members can vote in union elections and in contract ratification votes.  If you're not yet a union member, stop by the union office on main campus, BR-63, and fill out a union card.  If you are unsure whether you are a member or not, contact the union office.   

Work with us to Build our Union
We encourage all members to actively participate in the union. 

  • Talk to your Department’s Representative(s) about what is on your mind
  • Share concerns with your Bargaining Unit Co-Chairs
  • Attend Representative Council meetings
  • Attend General Membership and Bargaining Unit meetings
  • Participate in any of the Working Committees, including the Communications Committee, Elections Committeea and Welcoming Committee, including the Pre Tenure Group for new Full-Time Faculty. 

 

Get Involved with the Joint Governance Structure

Community College of Philadelphia has a joint-governance structure, which means that delegates from the faculty, staff, student body and administration each participate in policy and decision-making at the College.  Each of the five standing committees or sub-committees shown below discusses, votes on and makes recommendations to the Institution Wide Committee (IWC), comprised of four faculty, four students and four administrators.  The IWC discusses, votes on and makes recommendations to the President of the College and the Board, if appropriate. The President, or Board, then takens actions on these recommendations.  Each spring, the Federation will ask for volunteers for each of the Standing Committees and the IWC.  The Executive Committee will consider all who have volunteered and then make recommendations to the Representative Council for delegate and alternate positions, and the Representative Council will then appoint the delegates and alternates on each of the committees.   

Academic Affairs: Curriculum Sub-Committee
This is the body that makes recommendations on proposed changes in curricula offered by the faculty and administration.  The Federation delegates are faculty members who review proposed changes to make sure they are educationally sound and have a positive effect on teaching and learning.

Academic Affairs: Student Support Sub-Committee
This body makes recommendations on policies that affect support services for students, including grade reporting policies, the library, advising, and Counseling.  Topics discussed by this committee usually originate from Academic Affairs.

Student Affairs Committee
This committee is responsible for policies that fall under the Student Affairs area, including the Student Code of Conduct.

Business Affairs Committee
This committee makes recommendations on policies that fall under the area of Finance and Planning, including those related to facilities, purchase of equipment and safety.

Technology Coordinating Committee
The TCC makes recommendations on policies and plans related to providing computer technology for teaching and learning, as well as administrative functions at the College. This committee does not include student delegates.
 

Why should I volunteer to serve on a Standing Committee?
Membership on a Standing Committee is an important way to learn what is happening at the College, and to influence College policy on behalf of the employees and the union.  All the committees need to be active to provide a voice for faculty and staff in the basic policies of the College. 

The responsibilities of delegates and alternates are as follows:

  • To report regularly to the Federation's Representative Council and Membership (through a Head Delegate) and carry out in the committee the decisions of the Council and Membership;
  • To arrange with fellow delegates and alternates for coverage of committee meetings during the summer;
  • To attend committee meetings regularly.

Those who wish to volunteer should understand that they may, from time to time, be directed by the Executive Committee or the Representative Council to vote in a specific way on a given issue. The reason for this procedure is that delegates and alternates represent all of the Federation and not themselves alone. You should not volunteer, therefore, unless you are willing to be so bound.

For further information regarding the duties and responsibilities of delegates and alternates, see Article XXI of the Full-time Faculty contract or visit the College's Governance website to see agendas and minutes that reflect the recent work of the committees.

 

Get Involved with College Joint Committees

The union's Representative Council appoints delegates to College joint committees that work collaboratively in the governance of the College.  Each committee discusses and votes on recommendations that go to the appropriate Dean, the President or the Board.  Committees include delegates from some combination of the faculty, staff, student body, and administration.  Each Spring semester, the Federation will ask for volunteers to serve as delegates on each committee where there are open spaces.     

Health and Safety Committee
The Health and Safety Committee, consisting of twelve members, has six members in total from the faculty and staff and six members from the administration.  Union delegates bring concerns about workplace safety to this committee for action.

Judicial Hearing Committee
The Judicial Hearing Committee, consisting of twelve members, has equal representation from the faculty, student body, and administration. It holds hearings to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct, and to recommend imposition of specific sanctions upon students who are found to have violated this Code. It hears cases at the discretion of the Judicial Affairs Officer, who is the Dean of Student Affairs. When a student is disciplined for misconduct, s/he may appeal any disciplinary sanction to the Student Appeals Committee.

Student Appeals Committee
The Student Appeals Committee has equal representation from the faculty, student body, and the administration. It implements the Student Appeals process and provides the final hearing on student complaints against actions taken by any of the components of the College, including faculty and administration.  Typical issues center on disciplinary actions and grades.

CCP's Organizational Chart is available here.