Published: Aug 02, 2011 10:33 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 8:58 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Faculty at Edison State College are asking for a raise.

They met with negotiators for the college's administration, but it was off to a bumpy start. Both sides met for several hours on Tuesday, but their bargaining was not off to a good start. The faculty at Edison State College is asking for a 5.5 percent increase in their pay.

They presented their proposal to administrators and their negotiation team. The negotiators for the administration did have some questions and concerns regarding the five percent increase. As a result, the faculty took some time and re-worked the proposal  to outline in more detail what their asking for, which is that five percent increase.

Already they are giving three percent more to their pension contributions and would like to see a pay raise.

Representatives for the college's administration said they'll take the  proposal to the board of trustees, but their next meeting isn't until the end of the month.

As a result a decision is not in the immediate future. Adding to the issue, the administration didn't come to the table with a proposal for the faculty, so they most likely won't see a pay raise at least by the time the fall semester starts.