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Community College of Philadelphia negotiations continue with no deal

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 17-hour negotiation session between the Community College of Philadelphia and the teachers union ended without a deal overnight. Talks are set to pick up again Wednesday morning, and classes are still in session.

Union official, college administrators and a mediator wrapped up around 3 a.m. Wednesday because the union needs some information taht can be accessed onle during business hours. 

Union Co-president Junior Brainard said some progress has been made. 

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“I think it is possible this could be resolved through negotiations. We’ll make a further decision about whether or not to strike when we resume the session,” Brainard said.

Union officials say the community college staffers have gone nearly three years without a new contract.

Courseload and compensation are the major sticking points. The union says it wants to lift the lowest-paid teachers out of poverty and give raises that would cover rising health care costs.

The college says the union is asking for too much and that students would end up footing the bill.

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