AFT 2121 is challenging the new class cancellation policy that threatens to shut out more students from CCSF and cut faculty jobs and income. See President Tim Killikelly’s letter to the Board and Chancellor below. If this policy of cutting classes prior to semester start is not rescinded, AFT will follow with a mass grievance. Is your class being impacted by premature class cuts? Please sign on to this grievance by emailing AFT 2121 at email@example.com.
Dear Board of Trustees and Chancellor Lamb:
AFT recently learned of the new “Fall 2016 management enrollment policy” (attached) that sets an August 3, 2016 deadline for cancelling classes with 8 or fewer students, and August 10 for classes with 9 or fewer, and other more aggressive deadlines than in the past. Closing classes before they have been given every opportunity to enroll, especially when SF residents are being courted by Skyline College, and when CCSF is awaiting the next round of ACCJC review, seems wrong-headed and contrary to the goal of recouping lost enrollment. Anecdotally, we are hearing from full-time faculty who have 3 or even 4 classes with under 9 students enrolled, or part-time faculty with under-enrolled classes who desperately need time to recruit students. Noncredit classes typically take even longer to enroll as SFUSD starts up after summer break.
We call on the Board of Trustees and administration to rescind this policy and instead allow as many classes as possible the chance to extend through the add/drop period before cancelling due to low enrollment. Premature closures will needlessly deny student access to CCSF and cause employment and income loss to faculty. If we do not hear from you by the end of this week, we will proceed with a formal grievance over class cancellation policies.
President AFT 2121
Victory! After a more than year-long fight for a contract that will protect educational quality at CCSF, faculty members of the AFT 2121 rank-and-file bargaining team and the CCSF District Administration have reached a tentative contract agreement. The goal of AFT 2121’s contract campaign was to win a contract that supports the College that San Francisco deserves. This Tentative Agreement will support faculty in delivering quality and accessible public higher education. During the last few years faculty at City College of San Francisco have gone above and beyond to defend, improve, and rebuild our College. Our united power was clearly demonstrated during our high-participation strike, which was supported by community, students and elected officials, and moved the District to make a deal before the issuance of the fact finding report. We did not give into the District’s tactics of trying to divide students from faculty and pit faculty against each other. That was key to reaching our goals. We believe this contract will support the City College that San Francisco deserves, and would not have happened without the immense support of CCSF students, elected leaders, and our community. Thank you.
With regard to the additional 2% increase which becomes permanent if the 11/16 parcel tax passes, the increase is ongoing through 2017/18, and would hopefully become permanent thereafter. View the full Tentative Agreement from 7/11/16.