By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 13, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Last year, the faculty of Tallahassee Community College unionized, but now negotiations with the school have hit an impasse.
The United Faculty of Florida represents the faculty employees at Tallahassee Community College. Now, they are trying to find answers after the college declared an impasse in the bargaining proceedings.
"We feel very strongly that this is a premature declaration of impasse we've seen really no substantive bargaining from their side," said Jen Robinson, the president of the UFF TCC.
College representatives say they want to focus on student success, faculty accountability, and fiscal responsibility.
"The first ones going to be the toughest one you're going to do. It gets a little bit easier, so they say, as you move forward," said Al Moran the VP of Communications.
The UFF says the college is attempting to take away some pay raises and benefits,it could put a burden on teachers. With additional students in the classroom and less one on one contact
"We feel as if the impasse is being used as a means of going around the good faith bargaining process," said Martin Balinski the Vice President of the UFF TCC.
TCC officials say everyone at the college has the students in mind when they go the negotiating table.
"I'm talking about the executives, the deans, mostly everyone is thinking about the students success," added Moran.
Both sides say they hope they can come to a resolution soon enough. They have been negotiating fro around a year now. The next session is scheduled for November 6 and that will be the tenth in the process.