The faculty of Palmer College of Chiropractic and the college’s administration agreed again early Thursday to extend the faculty’s contract to avoid a strike.
The contract was to expire at midnight last night. As of midnight, no information was available about the negotiations.
The faculty — organized as the Alliance of Chiropractic Educators and represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME Local 420 — is working under a contract originally set to expire at midnight April 20. The college and the faculty extended that contract until midnight Wednesday to give them time to come to agreement on issues for a new contract. Both sides agreed early Thursday to again extend the contract until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
“Both parties are down to a handful of issues which remain sticking points but will hopefully be hammered out by this 24-hour extension,” said Ramneek Bhogal, recording secretary for the alliance. “The bargaining team will be in communication with its membership on Thursday to discuss final offers and informational picketing. While there is no imminent work stoppage, it remains a reality should negotiations fail to produce an agreement on common ground.”
College spokesman Darren Garrett said the faculty members continue to work with their existing assignments and schedules in classrooms and clinics. He stressed that classes will continue as scheduled Friday even if a strike occurs.
The college has a plan to use administrators with teaching credentials and former faculty in the event of a strike.