Community College of Philadelphia avoids strike, awaits ratification

Community College of Philadelphia
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A week after authorizing a strike, Community College of Philadelphia faculty and staff members reached a tentatitve agreement with the school Wednesday night. 

There won’t be any CCP teachers or staffers out of the classroom and on the picket line, and nursing student Ryan couldn’t be happier because he’s so close to graduation.

"Excited, happy. I’m almost at the finish line, so, trust me," he said, "I didn’t want to extend it any more than I had to."

A lot of hours and minutes of negotiations this week led to the tentative deal.

The union says they fought for and were able to make gains on issues of workload, health care costs and raises for classified staffers.

Officials with CCP say they’re glad the agreement is in place. They wanted to keep a balance: Provide affordible, high-quality education, and give the faculty and staff a deal they could afford.

Next the union says faculty and staff will meet to read and discuss the agreement and then vote on it, possibly early next week.