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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.

Response to Open Letter to the College Community on Negotiations

Yesterday, the C.C.P. administration sent an “Open Letter to the College Community” regarding negotiations.  For the second time, the College Administration has chosen to negotiate in public in an attempt to divide the union membership from the union leadership.  In addition, the new online "Fact Center" on negotiations launched by the College appears to be an act of desperation as they try to figure out how to craft a message that portrays their position as reasonable and serving students.  The Federation negotiating teams do not think that this strategy of negotiating publicly will lead to a settlement, and we are going to continue to negotiate at the negotiating table.  As is clear from the documents that the College has shared, we are still very far apart.   

A detailed explanation of the status of negotiations will soon follow this, but here is a quick reality check:

The College is claiming that, in their most recent proposals, faculty and staff would have a net gain of 2% per year with the changes to salaries and benefits.  This is not true.  With the increase in deductibles and the co-pays they are proposing, our members would not receive 2% net increases, which would not meet our needs, even if that was what they had proposed.  In addition, the College is still proposing changes to retirement benefits that would cost current and future employees thousands of dollars.

The College is still insisting that Classified Employees and 12-month faculty clock in and clock out electronically, a Big Brother measure which the Classified Unit and the 12-month faculty are against.

The College is still seeking to get unilateral control of the calendar, faculty evaluations and tenure, and a long list of other items that the current faculty contracts include as items to be agreed upon mutually.  After nearly a year and a half of negotiating, the administration has not been able to tell us what current problems their proposals would address, or what their contractual changes would really mean.  All we know is that they want them because they would prefer to have more control over us.

The College continues to seek to make assessment of courses for accreditation purposes a contractual responsibility--a sure sign that they know it is not.  In addition, this week the Pennsylvania Labor Board for the second time refused to hear the charges they filed against us, claiming that our withdrawal from voluntary accreditation assessment work is an Unfair Labor Practice.  Our charge that they are violating the labor law by insisting we do the voluntary work of accreditation assessment is going to be heard by the labor board in the coming months.  No wonder they are feeling desperate about their chances of forcing us to give in to their demands.

Finally, they have not come off their proposal to increase the teaching load of Full-time faculty.  They persist with this proposal while demonstrating full well that they know it would almost entirely wipe out the Part-Time/Visiting Lecturer Bargaining Unit for the foreseeable future, made worse by the downward enrollment trend.  Their latest version of this proposal would require Full-time faculty to teach on weekends and in Corporate Solutions in order not to be under-loaded.

Now that their proposal for Full-time faculty includes a salary increase for being forced to teach a permanent overload that is slightly higher than the current rate for voluntary course-overload work, it is even clearer that this issue, and most of our negotiations, are not about cost savings for the college or the quality of education, as the College asserts.   The primary concern of the College in these negotiations is appearances.

Right now the best way for members to show that you are determined to preserve quality working conditions and most of all that you insist on maintaining a genuine quality educational experience for our students is to come to the CCP Board of Trustees Meeting this Thursday May 4th at 2:45 to express your anger and frustration with the shameful, self-serving way the College is behaving.  Email the union office at aft2026@gmail.com to let us know you will be attending and if you are interested in making a statement to tell the Board how unacceptable their proposals are.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiating Teams