State Chancellor Brice Harris at October 21 General Membership Meeting

This semester’s AFT 2121 general membership meeting will be on Tuesday, October 21 from 3pm-5pm in MUB 140. All faculty are invited.

We will be discussing our upcoming contract negotiations and the formation of our bargaining team. California Community Colleges State Chancellor Brice Harris will be attending the second half of the meeting to answer your questions about what he’s doing for CCSF and fair accreditation. For the full agenda, click here. Questions/RSVP to organizer Ona Keller (okeller@aft2121.org or 425-585-2121).

Posted in Accreditation, Board of Trustees, Budget, Events, Members, Negotiations, News

Justice for City College

After over a year, the lawsuit that SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed to keep City College of San Francisco open is finally going to trial. The rogue accrediting agency (the ACCJC) has been trying to destroy our City College and its broad mission of serving ALL San Franciscans; now is our moment to expose their misdeeds and reverse their unjust decisions.

Please show Judge Curtis Karnow that San Francisco supports City College by attending a day of the trial. The trial is at the State Superior Courthouse –  400 McAllister at Polk. The trial runs Monday October 27 – Friday, October 31 from 9am-4pm. If you can come, please let us know at this link: www.aft2121.org/justice/

Questions? Email organizer Ona Keller at okeller@aft2121.org.

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Posted in Accreditation, Events, News

AFT members meet with administration over faculty pay shortages

On Wednesday, October 8, AFT reps and faculty met with Vice Chancellor Ron Gerhard and Kerry Wilhite, Associate Dean of CCSF payroll. Faculty told compelling stories about the anxiety and financial hardship created by the District’s faulty payroll system. We called on VC Gerhard to take more leadership in getting immediate payment to faculty who have been grossly underpaid, while working to solve the systemic issues involved.  Two other requests came out during the course of the meeting. One was to have administration send out and post an explanation of the confusing CALSTRS deductions on paychecks. The other was to have a payroll contact list so that people can see who they need to call to get their problems fixed.

AFT has identified hundreds of payroll errors over the last year, many inexplicable, including: Read more ›

Posted in News

2014 Election Endorsements

Our union has endorsed the following propositions and candidates for the election on November 4, 2014. Learn more about your individual ballot and our union positions at this electronic voter guide.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson

State Assembly District 17
David Campos

CCSF Board of Trustees (Vote for three of these four candidates)
Wendy Aragon
Bridgitte Davila
Anita Grier
Thea Selby

San Francisco School Board
Stevon Cook
Shamann Walton

San Francisco Propositions
Yes
on Prop C    – Children’s fund – ensure funding for SFUSD
Yes on Prop J    – $15 minimum wage
Yes on Prop G   – Real estate anti-speculation tax
Yes on Prop E   – Sugary beverage tax
Yes on Prop H   – Golden Gate Park athletic fields kept as grass
No on Prop I      – Add artificial turf and stadium lighting in Golden Gate Park
No on Prop L     – Limit progressive transportation policy

AFT 2121 is proud to be working with the community and labor coalition Families for an Affordable San Francisco. Families for an Affordable SF is working to elect David Campos to the State Assembly, pass Prop G (the anti-speculation tax), and pass Prop J (raising the minimum wage).  Contact AFT 2121 Political Director Alisa Messer if you can help.

And if you want to help fund our union’s political positions — as well as the organizing and community work that we do — join COPE!

 

Paid for by Al Tapson AFT 2121 Committee on Political Education.  Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate or ballot measure.

Posted in Board of Trustees, Elections, News, Speak up

Students, faculty, staff & community say: no more cuts!

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On Tuesday, students, and community supporters delivered over two-thousand petitions in the shape of bricks, symbolizing that now is the time to rebuild CCSF, to Susan Lamb, Vice Chancellor in charge of making decisions to cancel classes at our college.

We began at Ram Plaza and then marched to Cloud Hall chanting “we want knowledge, build our college!” Outside of Could Hall we engaged VC Lamb in an impromptu Q&A. Many students spoke passionately about their educational goals and the increasing roadblocks to getting classes at CCSF.

AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly and others argued that class closures made little sense in the context of stabilization funding approved by the State legislature. Despite stabilization funds VC Lamb said CCSF must cancel classes to show the accreditors and others that the College is using resources “efficiently.”

Now is the time to stabilize and grow our classes. We demand that CCSF administration focus on building our college and halt the downsizing of programs!

Posted in Budget, Events, News, Speak up

“Restoration Status”: We need answers!

Now that City College of San Francisco has applied for “Restoration Status” there is an urgent need for a closer examination of this unnecessary and flawed policy. We need the ACCJC to answer basic questions.

We need answers about the development of “Restoration Status” as a policy and the preposterous sham of the “remand” process that ended with the ACCJC denying CCSF’s Appeal. Who examined what new CCSF evidence? How long did anyone deliberate? Was there any deliberation?

We need answers to why “Restoration Status” sets up rules for CCSF to be shut down even if it meets a standard of “substantial compliance.” Other colleges remain open if they meet the “substantial compliance” standard. What is the logic of this policy? We need answers to why “Restoration Status” has no further right of appeal or review.

We need answers to why CCSF was not simply given a two-year “good cause” extension. The Department of Education in a letter to Leader Pelosi has stated that the ACCJC already has the authority to grant a two-year “good cause” extension. They have done this for many other colleges. Why not CCSF? Why was there any need at all to create “Restoration Status” for CCSF? We need answers to know what is the basic criteria for accepting CCSF to be in “Restoration Status”. There is no manual. If we are not accepted into “Restoration Status” will we be disaccredited. How will we know what criteria or processes exist to determine this?

We need answers to know if creating “Restoration Status” was part of a legal strategy to avoid going to trial in the Herrera lawsuit. The ACCJC has already used this new policy and the appeal “remand” to ask for the lawsuit by City Attorney Dennis Herrera to be stayed and ultimately dismissed.

We believe that the answers to these questions will expose the ACCJCs continued disregard for the future of the 80,000 students of CCSF.

Posted in Accreditation

“Restoration Status”: Union analysis and comment

On Wednesday, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt and our AFT 2121 president Tim Killikelly submitted a joint public comment (download full comment here) to the ACCJC regarding the Commission’s proposed Restoration Status Policy. This proposed policy is not only completely unnecessary, it is also loaded with Draconian rules. Even if a college is granted “Restoration Status” and two years to be evaluated again, at the end of the two year period, ACCJC has the unbridled discretion to make any decision it wants with no opportunity for appeal by the college.  So long as ACCJC insists on adopting this unworkable Restoration Status policy, which would put any college in this position at the absolute mercy of ACCJC, the draft of this policy should be rejected.  More transparency and the right of appeal are what is needed–not more secrecy and absolute power. Read a summary of our union’s public comment to the ACCJC below. Read more ›

Posted in Accreditation, News

ACCJC’s conflicts of interest invalidate appeal decision

Last week AFT 2121 president, Tim Killikelly summarized the ACCJC’s Appeal Panel’s ruling on the CCSF appeal. Today, after careful analysis, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) has determined the decision by the panel appointed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to review City College of San Francisco’s appeal of its disaccreditation to be invalid and that the ACCJC should repeal its “show cause” and disaccreditation orders. Read more…

Posted in Accreditation, News

This Sunday: Teachers and Students Walk for David Campos

When our CCSF’s accreditation came under fire, David Campos stood up for us and the 80,000 students who rely on our college. Whether it’s preventing teacher layoffs or guaranteeing student access to quality education, David Campos has been on the front lines of fighting for education for ALL Californians.
Teachers & Students Walk for Campos!
Sunday, October 19 at 10am
Duboce Park (Duboce Ave. and Noe St.)
Click here for the flyer for this event.

Join us this Sunday as we hit the streets to help get David Campos elected!

Posted in News

Support SF State Faculty October 7

Faculty at CSU still do not have a contract. To turn up the heat, CFA-SFSU will hold an informational picket  on Tues. 10/7 from 12 - 1:30PM at 19th and Holloway. They have reached out to labor and community allies to join them on the line. If you can stand  with them in solidarity RSVP to organizer Athena Waid, awaid@aft2121.org.

Posted in Events, Solidarity

This Saturday: Stop the Evictions!

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Historic march to STOP all Evictions in the Mission!
March for affordable housing!
March to STOP Gentrification in the Mission & SF!
March to stop development of luxury condos!

This Saturday Our Mission No Eviction & The Plaza 16 Coalition march in the Mission to demand affordable housing. Join our community allies as they mark the one year anniversary of the Our Mission No Eviction march of October 12, 2013 and continue the battle for the Mission and affordable housing. This coalition is fighting against the planned 16th St Plaza development which would be the biggest the Mission has ever seen.

Adelante and Si Se Puede!

March will begin at 24th and York and march on 24th towards Mission then on Mission to 16th St. Plaza.

Saturday October 4, 2014
1:00 PM Gather at BRAVA Theater 24th and York
2:00 PM March begins
3:00 PM Rally and Festival 16 St. Plaza

Contact Andy@Plaza16.org for more info or Roberto Hernandez at 415-206-0577

RSVP and invite on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/779194205457619/

Posted in Events, News, Solidarity

Alert: District can’t get faculty pay right

Faculty pay is a mess at CCSF. We don’t mean the pay cuts and lack of cost-of-living increases, which is a huge issue that we are taking on in upcoming contract negotiations! We mean the errors upon errors in applying the rates currently on the books: a credit teacher who is asked to sub for another credit teacher being paid at the noncredit sub rate, for example. That’s $50 per hour instead of $80 per hour. Or take the veteran full-time instructor who teaches an overload and finds that they have suddenly been bumped down to step 1.
In Chemistry, every single part-time instructor in the department was either grossly underpaid or got no pay at all on their August paycheck. That is serious. A quick look at the September faculty payroll shows continued gross underpayment for these part-timers. Full-timers in Chemistry were so outraged at this treatment that they fired off a letter of protest to Chancellor Tyler.
For part-time instructors upgraded to temporary full-time, getting paid what they are entitled to under the AFT contract is a nightmare. We have several members who are owed thousands in back pay, one dating back to Fall 2012.
AFT has several grievance officers tracking dozens of complaints. What we don’t know is how many other faculty are getting the short end of the stick and don’t realize it. So, please check your check and check your sick leave. Then, talk to your precinct rep. Click here for the list of precinct reps.  If you don’t have a precinct rep in your precinct yet please contact our Union, 415-585-2121.
Posted in Members, News, Part-timers, Pay

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