Our AFT 2121 delegates to the 2016 CFT Convention

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​Employee Relations misrepresents its compensation offer

Today’s email from employee relations deliberately distorted negotiations. They say they’re offering 13.79% to full-timers and 11.17% to part-timers. Not true!

The discrepancy? They present their offer as if off-schedule bonuses will compound.This is not the case. Administration distorted the numbers by adding the 2.17% and 2.9% for all three years. This makes it appear as if these bonuses will compound when they will not!

What they’re actually offering:

  • Full-timers 7.29% over 3 years, plus a 2.17% “bonus”
  • Part-timers 2.49% over 3 years, plus a 2.9% “bonus”
  • Bonuses disappear at the end of the contract
  • Here’s a breakdown of their offer

Based on the District’s own numbers we estimate there is at least $65 million available over which to negotiate. That’s more than enough money to pay for our reasonable proposal for all CCSF faculty: restore our pay to 2007 levels, restore the frozen step, cover the state COLA, and provide a 12% increase over three years. 

Posted in E-news Archives, Negotiations

CCSF Associated Students pass resolution in support of a fair contract for faculty

On January, 28th 2016 CCSF Associated Students presented a resolution in support of a fair contract for faculty to our Board of Trustees. Our fight is about ensuring that the college invest now in maintaining access for students to the quality and affordable education that CCSF provides. For that we need to keep classes open and we need to pay faculty a fair wage. The Board can choose to make it’s legacy one that led the college out of the self-defeating logic of ACCJC-imposed austerity, or that sent it into a death spiral.

Posted in Negotiations, Support for AFT 2121, CCSF

Negotiations update | Mediation begins | 90% membership goal | “No Business as Usual” message brought to BOT

Negotiations: Mediation to begin tomorrow

Our bargaining team will begin the process of Mediation with the District tomorrow. This semester we’ve sent a message to both Chancellor Lamb and the Board of Trustees: “No More Business as Usual” until they settle a fair faculty contract.

We urge the District to bargain in good faith and use its $57 million surplus to settle a fair contract. We challenge Chancellor Lamb and our Board of Trustees to show their positive vision for our college: direct the District’s team to end this process now rather than letting it drag on into Fact Finding after the Mediation process.

Keeping our union strong: Membership drive and goals

Currently, 81% of faculty at CCSF are union members, and everyone pays a “Fair Share” fee to cover the costs of representation and negotiations that our union incurs on their behalf. The Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case in front of the Supreme Court now could make dues optional for all public employees even though they would still reap the benefits of union representation.

Last week our AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly set an organizing goal of reaching 90% membership by the end of this semester. Right now, most CCSF fee-payers do not know they are not full members. You can help by checking with your colleagues to make sure they have filled out a membership form and sharing this cute video explaining “Fair Share.”

Faculty take “No Business as Usual” message our CCSF Board; Students present resolution in solidarity with our fight for a fair contract

Nearly 100 faculty and student supporters packed the Board of Trustees meeting last Thursday evening, with over a dozen faculty members present to speak on the urgent need of the District to settle a fair contract with AFT 2121.

Read more ›

Posted in E-news Archives, Negotiations

District backs off unilateral changes in faculty workload; District not challenging AFT’s impasse declaration

After AFT 2121 members took a bold step by boycotting the Chancellor’s FLEX day address, we are happy to report two victories:

1) On Monday, the District informed AFT that it would “hold faculty harmless” whose “conference” hours have been converted from lecture to lab load, pending further negotiations with the Union. This means that faculty in Physics, Music, Computer Science and other departments facing a reduction in load/pay this semester will be paid at the same rate they had been before the class changed categorization.

We have been threatening to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge unless the District hold faculty harmless, and thanks to our demonstrated willingness to strike last semester and our action on FLEX day, Chancellor Lamb and the Board are learning to take our demands seriously. Before AFT members took action, the District refused to budge on this issue. Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations

Thurs, Jan. 28: Tell the Board of Trustees why they must prioritize setting a fair faculty contract

At last, our Board of Trustees now officially have their full powers! We sent a strong message to Chancellor Lamb on FLEX day about the importance of our contract, now we need to send the same message to the Board.

Attend the Board of Trustees meeting on Ocean Campus in MUB 140 at on January 28th in your AFT 2121 t-shirt. We plan to pack the room so come a few minutes before the meeting starts at 4:00 pm. If you are able to do so please join student leaders, our union leaders, and your co-workers in making a public comment to the board. Tell our decision makers why they must prioritize setting a fair faculty contract.

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Tues, Jan. 26: AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly 

Join us on Tuesday for the first Delegate Assembly of the spring semester. We will discuss our recent victories, going to impasses, and next steps to winning a fair contract.

AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly
Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 3:00-5:00pm
Ocean Campus, MUB 238



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AFT 2121 Boycott of Chancellor Lamb’s Address

AFT 2121 Star Wars castOn Friday, January 15th with the support of CCSF staff, student leaders, and S.F. community leaders hundreds of City College faculty chose to boycott CCSF Chancellor Lamb’s FLEX Day address to send a message: we’ve gone 6 months without a fair faculty contract and we are at impasse: NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL!

See the full Boycott Album!


Posted in iamcitycollege, Negotiations, News

AFT 2121 Spring 2016 Calendar

Click on this posting to download the AFT 2121 Spring 2016 Calendar.

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BOYCOTT the Chancellor’s Speech on January 15, 2016

We hoped that when Susan Lamb stepped into the role of Chancellor it meant a new start. Yet we’ve seen no changes in the District’s approach to bargaining. Six months working without a contract and our negotiations are at Impasse:

No More Business As Usual!
Boycott the Chancellor’s Speech
Meet in front of Diego Riviera Theater
Ocean Campus, Jan. 15th
Picket – 8:45 to 9:30am
Rally – 9:30 to 10:30am

RSVP and Invite on FB

Susan Lamb has the power to settle a fair contract. We do not need more excuses or vague promises. Hold the Chancellor accountable! Boycott her speech. And let’s demonstrate that a fair contract must be made a top priority.
Make a video at the rally: “If I were Chancellor for a day…” 
What would you do if you could be the Chancellor for one day? Look for AFT videographers at our rally to make a one minute video to be shared on social media. Keep some of these facts in mind when making your notes:
*The Chancellor’s wage proposal barely brings faculty above 2007 salaries by 2018. Instead they are trying to fill the gaps with off-schedule “bonuses” that do not accumulate and do not add to retirement.
*The Chancellor has rejected our proposal for a minimum class size of 15. Lowering minimum class size is good for students. More sections stay open and it’s easier to enroll. Instead, the Chancellor plans to cut up to 26% of current course offerings over the next 6 years.
*The Chancellor wants more managerial control over faculty evaluations and intends to bring disciplinary action from non-academic issues into the process. Our evaluation process should remain collaborative, peer based, and aimed at professional development.
Posted in Events, Negotiations, Speak up

We have declared impasse: BOYCOTT the Chancellor’s Address: No Business As Usual!

At today’s negotiating session we received no new economic proposal from the District administration, and have informed the admin team that we are officially declaring impasse with the labor board (PERB). We are calling on AFT 2121 members to boycott the Chancellor’s address in protest of the administration’s intransigence. Read more ›

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Our AFT 2121 Bargaining Team moves closer to Impasse as the District continues dragging its feet

In the hope of moving negotiations forward during the break, we scheduled two negotiating sessions with the District. At our session on Thursday, however, the District informed us they would not have a new compensation proposal by our session next week. Faculty have now been working without a contract for six months, and the tortoise-speed of District responses to our economic proposals indicate that we are moving toward impasse.

If and when impasse is declared, the labor board (PERB) will initiate a mediation process. If that fails to produce an agreement we would then move to fact-finding. After fact-finding if there is no agreement we could go on strike. This will take several months.

We had insisted on negotiating over the break hoping to see the move towards a breakthrough but it is clear that they have not taken these sessions as an opportunity to reach for any agreement.

Susan Lamb and the Board of Trustees must show some leadership and make a fair faculty contract a top priority.


Posted in Negotiations

AFT 2121 7th Annual Retirement and Financial Planning Day, Thurs, January 14th, 2016

The AFT 2121 Retiree Chapter cordially invites all CCSF faculty (full-time, part-time, active, and retired) to AFT 2121’s Sixth Annual Retirement and Financial Planning Day on Independent Flex Day, Thursday, January 14, 2016, on the Ocean Campus. Advance registration by Tuesday, January 12, 2016, is required.

Register for AFT 2121 7th Annual Retirement and Financial Planning Day

Posted in Events, Retiree Chapter

District holds to meager salary proposal, rejects Union’s proposal on load and conference hours

District continues to misrepresent CCSF’s finances
District holds to meager salary proposal, rejects Union’s proposal on load and conference hours

Yesterday, at the bargaining table, we presented our analysis of the District’s proposed budget scenario to justify our compensation proposal, wage restoration and COLA plus a reasonable 12% increase in base pay over 3 years to make up for nearly a decade of wage cuts and lost purchasing power. View our bargaining team member, Doug Orr’s cost of living analysis.

District negotiators dismissed our analysis out of hand, claiming that our proposal would bankrupt the District. Mickey Branca insisted that their budget analysis would be the only scenario they will negotiate over. Their “Budget Scenario” includes a 26% cut to college programs over the next six years. View the Districts flawed budget scenario.

Why AFT’s 3-year salary proposal is reasonable, necessary, and doable

The actual budget figures, finally provided to AFT in recent weeks, show a very different picture from the District’s “doomsday” scenario:  Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations

Winter organizing: You can help make our union stronger!

You may remember that over the summer AFT leaders and faculty volunteers made a huge push to reach out to hundreds of our co-workers in order to engage them in our union and the fight for a fair contract. And we will spend the winter break continuing to learn about faculty concerns and strengthening our ties with each other by doing house visits and holding phone banks. 

Contact Organizer Michael McCown (mmccown@aft2121.org) to learn more about outreach dates and how you can help.
Posted in Members, Negotiations, Speak up

We are going to D.C. to challenge the ACCJC!

On Wednesday, December 16 to Friday, December 19, 2015 there will be 36 people traveling from California to Washington D.C. to let NACIQI and the federal Department of Education know that the ACCJC is no longer a viable accreditor. The Save CCSF Coalition, student organizations and AFT 2121 have worked to bring together these 36 people who include students from CCSF Board of Trustee President Rafael Mandelman, Trustee John Rizzo, and several members of our AFT 2121 Executive Board.

Our message is clear and united: the ACCJC has systematically abused its power and they must be held accountable. We’ll report back when we return from DC!

Posted in Accreditation, iamcitycollege, Speak up

Negotiations Update | Distorted “Analysis” & Unilateral Pay Reduction

No Movement from District on Compensation. Only Distorted and Inaccurate ” Analysis” of AFT Proposal

There was no counter proposal offered by the District to our latest compensation offer. Instead what we received was an “analysis” of our proposal. It was filled with inaccuracies and distortions designed to scare us into not demanding the pay that we all deserve.

Incredibly, their “analysis” missed $23 million! This “analysis” contradicted what they reported to the state by $10 million. They also again missed the $13 million AFT 2121 “found” several months ago and that the District acknowledges exists.

Although the District agreed to meet with us twice over the holiday break we let them know that they need to provide us with a proposal that closes the gap on compensation soon. That will be the only way we can avoid going to impasse and a possible strike.

Faculty Slams District Move on Unilateral Change to Pay and Workload

Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations

Tues, Dec. 15th: Last AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly for Fall 2015

Join us on Tuesday for the last Delegate Assembly of the fall semester. We will discuss our recent victories and next steps to winning a fair contract.
AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly
Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 3:00-5:00pm
Ocean Campus, Rosenberg 304


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Membership matters!

If you are a current member – we are glad you’re involved in our union! If you are not yet a member, please fill out your membership form and get it back to your precinct rep or to the AFT 2121 office (311 Miramar Ave.) as soon as possible. When you become a member of your union you…

•build power
•support your negotiating team
•stand together with over 1200 of your colleagues
•ensure the healthy future of the labor movement*
*All unions currently face a Supreme Court case known as Friedrichs which could eliminate “agency fee.” This a right-wing attack on unions’ bargaining power, that would erode membership and union strength.
Posted in Members

Report exposes critical threats to higher education in San Francisco‬


On November 25th, Jobs with Justice released a new report from its Workers’ Rights Board Hearing to examine the current state of faculty working conditions at San Francisco’s public colleges and reveal how faculty working conditions affect student learning conditions. The report finds that  faculty at ‪CCSF‬, SFAI, and SF State who dedicate their careers to helping students achieve their dreams, can barely fulfill their own.

Read more ›

Posted in News, Support for AFT 2121, CCSF

Something to be thankful for: Union power!

Strike averted! …For now

Administration agrees to rescind illegal letters to retirees; commits to respecting faculty rights to protected activities

Dear AFT 2121 members:

Good news! The power we demonstrated with our preparedness to strike against District administration Unfair Labor Practices has caused the administration to remedy our charges against them! The District will rescind all letters demanding payment from AFT 2121 unit members and will not take action against any other members until completing talks with AFT 2121—hopefully this time in good faith. But we are still concerned District administration will try to assert regressive proposals in our final settlement and we must continue to build our union power to ensure a fair contract for faculty.

Additionally, in order to settle our ULP charge, the District administration has agreed to refrain from surveillance of Union activities and will inform administrative and public safety staff of the District administration and Board of Trustees’ commitment to respect faculty member’s rights concerning protected activity.

With the provoking policies removed, the AFT 2121 Executive Board has unanimously voted to cancel the Strike Authorization Vote scheduled to conclude on November 30. Plans for a One-Day Strike on Dec 7th are likewise cancelled.

Since we began negotiating with the District administration early this year, this is the fastest we have seen it move on any item. Thanks to your organizing work—showing up at rallies and informational pickets along with our student and community allies, and keeping your colleagues informed as events unfolded—the District administration knew our strike threat was real. Consequently, it quickly took action to remedy its most blatant bad faith practices.

AFT 2121 hopes that the administration’s action in this case signals a new direction in negotiations, one that will lead to a fair contract. However, given District administration’s feet dragging and all around failure to prioritize bargaining in good faith without our insistence it do so faculty should remain prepared to strike if necessary as we continue negotiations.

For today we should celebrate how we have shown through our resolve and our solidarity how powerful we are! Have a great Thanksgiving!

In Unity,

Tim Killikelly
President, AFT 2121

Posted in Negotiations, News, President's message

President’s Message: How do you count an empty seat? Cuts are worse than we thought!

Fellow Faculty,

The proposed cuts to our college are worse than we thought!

Yesterday, an unsigned email from the Employee Relations Office arrived in CCSF employee inboxes. Its aim was to refute AFT 2121’s claim that Guy Lease and Susan Lamb’s plan to reduce CCSF class offerings by 26% amounts to “downsizing” the college.

The email did not address our major concerns.

They claim they are not “downsizing” the college but merely “aligning” the course offerings. The only difference we can discern between “aligning” and “downsizing” is that Guy Lease and Susan Lamb think saying “aligning” sounds better.

The implementation of cuts are actually LARGER than what we had been led to believe. They are making cuts not from what classes were offered in previous semesters, but from what classes occurred after they cancelled classes. This would reduce the total number of course offerings even further. We are in the process of figuring out what is the ACTUAL cut.

How do you count an empty seat?

Much was made of so-called “empty seats” necessitating cuts. Does the email refer to literal empty seats? Or the difference between enrolled students and the class size cap? If so, how are seats counted in classes with enrollment exceeding the cap? Read more ›

Posted in Accreditation, iamcitycollege, President's message

Oct. 28, 2015: negotiations update

District promises info on budget details; key to salary negotiations

After weeks of prodding, District CFO David Martin met with AFT reps to show actual District revenue and expenditure data from last year Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations

Petition – Trustee Lease, Chancellor Lamb: don’t downsize our college!


We, the undersigned City College of San Francisco students and San Francisco community members, are united with faculty against proposed 26% cuts to CCSF. Such massive cuts will decrease student access. Administration must plan to rebuild the college by using taxpayer monies to keep classes open and pay faculty and staff fair wages.  Don’t hoard the money in ever-growing reserve funds.

During the accreditation crisis, City College students and workers fought alongside our community for CCSF. Now Administration intends to shrink classes by 26%, layoff more than a quarter of the faculty, and refuses to negotiate a fair faculty contract. Help us defend a City College for everyone. Speak up and share this petition!

Posted in iamcitycollege, Solidarity, Speak up

Stop the massive cuts, defend students: AFT 2121 statement to Guy Lease and Chancellor Lamb

AFT 2121 opposes massive cuts to CCSF!

Special Trustee Guy Lease: put away the wrecking ball!

Chancellor Lamb: stop the downsizing of CCSF!

City College Board of Trustees: stand up and defend City College and the students you were elected to serve!

AFT 2121 opposes the planned cuts of 26% to the City College of San Francisco. The administration, under unelected Special Trustee Guy Lease, announced a plan in contract talks to massively downsize the college. The public must be aware: Cuts of this magnitude will inevitably send the college into a further enrollment decline and entire programs will disappear. AFT 2121 will not standby while Guy Lease enacts a death spiral of austerity that eliminates classes, costs the jobs of a over a quarter of the current faculty, and reduces access to a quality college education for the people of San Francisco. Read more ›

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

FLEX day morning picket and lunch: Fair Contract NOW

FLEX picket tomorrow, Fair Contract NOW!

Tomorrow morning, join with your co-workers and show Administration faculty are united in our demands for a fair contract. We demand the District stop dragging its feet and begin negotiating in earnest!!
FLEX info picket: Fair Contract NOW!
Tomorrow, Oct. 20 7:45-9:00am
Diego Rivera Theater, Ocean Campus
We must continue to show the District we will fight back! Don your AFT t-shirt (new shirts will be available) and/or wear green, grey, or black in solidarity with your colleagues. 

 FLEX lunch and negotiations Q&A

Have questions about negotiations or other union concerns? Join us in the Ocean Campus Cafeteria tomorrow, Oct. 20 11:30am – noon for lunch. We will be serving burritos and salads and provide more detailed answers about what has and has not been happening at the bargaining table.

RSVPs are highly encouraged! Please RSVP by 9pm tonight to mmccown@aft2121.org

Posted in Negotiations, News

AFT-District Negotiations: Picket the District!

District offers “off-schedule” payment

Ahead of our FLEX Day picket next week, some progress was made at the negotiating table. Rather than only reasserting their previous offer, the District added 3 years of off-schedule “bonuses”. It seems like Special Trustee Lease, Chancellor Lamb and the Board are starting to feel the heat. But we are still very far apart.
Where did this new money come from? AFT discovered  $12.9 million from one-time in State mandated costs the District had omitted from the recently BOT-approved budget. The District claimed they simply “missed” this revenue source.
Their new offer adds temporary “off-schedule” payments of :
  • 1.5% each year of the contract for full-time faculty
  • 2.23% each year of the contract for part-time faculty

Increases are not cumulative and salaries will effectively drop at the expiration of the contract. AFT continues to demand on-schedule salary increases substantially above what the District has offered.

For a detailed comparison of the AFT and District salary proposals visit the AFT 2121 Negotiations webpage.

 No positive movement on workload

Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations, News

AFT-District Negotiations: From Bad to Worse

Distorted District email

Wednesday afternoon District Chief Negotiator Mickey Branca sent a college-wide email in which the facts about contract negotiations were grossly distorted.

When directly asked if the District proposal would effectively leave part-time faculty in 2018 with salaries below those of 2007, Branca definitively answered, “Yes!”
This while purporting that compensation is “our top priority.”

Increased hours for FT faculty (with no pay)!!

With the expectation of ever increasing workloads without parallel compensation, the District proposed yesterday to increase, for full-time faculty, the minimum required office hours from 2 hours to 5 hours.

Even more class cuts

Read more ›

Posted in Negotiations, News

Keep San Francisco affordable!

The SF Labor council is working with our union to elect our choice for CCSF Trustee and pass housing protections on November 3rd. You can help us get out the vote on access to affordable housing and education! Download this FLIER for more info & to spread the word.

Wed. Phone Banks
5:30- 8:00pm
SF Labor Council
1188 Franklin Street #203 

AFT 2121 is proud to fight for a San Francisco for all of us by working with SF tenants, families, community and labor groups to pass Prop. I, Prop. F, and elect Aaron Peskin to the Board of Supervisors for District 3. For more info contact Alisa Messer (amesser@aft2121.org).

SF Tenants and Families Phone Bank
Local 2, 209 Golden Gate Ave
Mondays,Tuesdays, Thursdays, (5-8:30pm) and Saturdays (10-2pm)
Posted in Elections, Events, Speak up

District’s compensation proposal as of February 2016


Full-timers Part-timers
2015-165.82% restoration/COLA/increase

2.17% “bonus” lasting the term of the contract only

2015-16:1.02% COLA

2.9% “bonus” lasting the term of the contract only

2016-17.47% COLA 2016-17.47% COLA

1% COLA (approximate)


1% COLA (approximate)

AFT identified $12.9 million that was missing from the budget and $10 million more in the District’s fund balance (reserves). In December the administration told us there was 28.4 million in reserves. By their own numbers, they now show over 57 million in reserves.
Posted in Negotiations, Pay

Delegate Assembly sets goal of 90% membership by the end of Spring 2016

Currently, 81% of faculty at CCSF are union members and all faculty pay a “Fair Share” fee to cover the costs of representation and negotiations that the union incurs on their behalf. Last week our AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly set a goal of reaching 90% membership by the end of this semester. Are you CCSF faculty? You can help by checking with your colleagues to make sure they have filled out a membership form.

Check out this cute video explaining “Fair Share.”

Posted in Members, News

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