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Report-back on CCSF Bookstore closures: Public outcry at Follet Board Meeting

Reduced access to books hurts student success! Follet, the privately-owned bookseller who runs CCSF bookstores, shuttered all center bookstores without notice.
On Monday AFT 2121 was out with concerned students, faculty, and staff demanding that Follet keep ALL our bookstores open. Public outcry from faculty, staff, and students, many who cannot travel to another campus or lack internet fluency, lead to a proposal of limited day and evening hours one day a week at a few campuses.
This proposal will be vetted by Associated Students and Academic Senate before approval. With the recognition that access to course texts are key to student success, we cannot let corporate interests outweigh student needs.

Follet agreed to a contract to serve students all semester long and shouldn’t be allowed to let our students down just because they aren’t making a profit. Our students deserve better. Faculty are encouraged to contact Campus Deans and share with them and AFT 2121 testimonies of how denial of access to a bookstore has harmed students.  

We support an interim solution to make sure students have access to the materials they need to succeed. But this is also a clear example of moving toward privatization that is not serving the needs of students. The College must rethink how we use our resources to meet student needs to help their success.

Payroll problems continue: We need your help to stop them!

Since 2015, hundreds of CCSF faculty have been underpaid, overpaid, or unpaid. Some of the mistakes have been so bad that faculty have lost benefits. Recently numerous librarians received letters informing them that they had been overpaid due to the college’s error, and demanding that they repay the college or face collections proceedings. Worse, part-time faculty have STILL not received the retroactive step increases stipulated in a contract that took effect last October. And across the board, paychecks are so hard to read that most faculty can’t even tell if they’re being paid correctly.

These problems are due not to human error, but to systemic flaws in the FLAC (payroll) component of the college’s Banner system. Other colleges that use Banner have customized the computer code, but CCSF refuses to do so, in spite of the fact that the current system greatly increases the workload for those working on payroll and leads to hundreds of errors in calculating pay. AFT 2121 members are organizing to take action on this issue. If you would like to get involved, please contact Malaika Finkelstein: mfinkels@aft2121.


Stop the cuts

We’ve made City College FREE for San Franciscans! Now is the time to rebuild. We are working to set up meetings with department chairs in departments affected most heavily by the cuts. Can you help us organize a meeting with your department chair? If so please an email to AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly: tkillikelly@comcast.net.

(Tuesday, 2/21) All faculty are invited to Delegate Assembly

Please join our next AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly this Tuesday, 2/21 from 3-5pm at the Mission Campus, room 106.


(Thursday, 3/2) AFT 2121 Happy Hour

Happy Hour! Join fellow AFT 2121 members and leaders for an informal happy hour Thurs, March 2, 4-7 pm, Revolution Cafe, 3248 22nd St (@Bartlett). Kitty corner from rear entrance to Mission Campus. Live music at 5pm. First round of Sangria is on us!

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(Monday – Take action) Bookstore closures hurt students

Many of our CCSF bookstore locations have been closed prematurely this semester. We plan to come out in force to the next Bookstore Board of Trustees meeting and explain how reduced access to bookstores hurts students who are not able to purchase books online or who are participating in open enrollment classes. Please join us!

CCSF Bookstore board meeting
Monday, 2/13 from 2:30-4pm
Ocean Campus, MUB 238

The current bookstore closures are a direct result of privatizing and outsourcing our bookstores which used to be run by the college. The private company running our bookstores agreed to a contract to serve students all semester long. They shouldn’t be allowed to let our students down just because they aren’t making a profit. Our College administration shouldn’t be allowed to pass the buck on serving our students just because they made the poor decision to allow the outsourcing and privatization of our students’ bookstores. You can come out with us on Monday to remind them that our students deserve better.

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Victory: Free City agreement reached!

Victory! Over the weekend Jane Kim and Mayor Lee’s office have agreed on a plan to make City College free for ALL San Franciscans starting in the Fall 2017 semester. This is what happens when we organize and work together with our colleagues, our students, and our community allies!
Here’s what we’ve learned that Free City will do so far:
  • Cover tuition fees for ALL San Francisco residents.
  • San Franciscans already receiving financial aid will be eligible for additional assistance in the form of books and transportation vouchers. Students taking between 6 and 11 units can receive an additional $200 each year. Students taking 12 or more units can receive an additional $500 each year.
  • The Mayor’s will allow for up to a 20% increase in enrollment in next year’s budget. This is expected to become part of the yearly roll-over when budgeting for the program in future years.
And though this compromise is less than what our students deserve, especially for some of our undocumented, low-income students, and for out-of-SF workers, it is also, undoubtedly, significantly MORE than any other tuition-free community college program in the nation. For now we should celebrate what we’ve accomplished and stay tuned for ways to continue to build on these critical first steps.
Our next step is to push the college to enact Free City for the Fall 2017 semester. Moving forward sooner rather than later opens the door for getting a significant chunk of the program off the ground and a tangible impact on enrollment NOW!

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Sad and fearful days: Only love and resistance can save us.

The first 10 days of the Trump administration has seen a dizzying parade of strange horrors: An executive order to rob millions of health care. Another to build a wall on the Mexican border. Obsessive tweets about crowd size at rallies and protests. A White House statement on National Holocaust Remembrance Day that makes no mention of Jews. White supremacist Steve Bannon placed above the joint chiefs of staff on the the National Security Council. The Acting Attorney General fired for enforcing a court order against Trump’s Muslim ban.

On Saturday came the most concrete attack to date: a travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries. Legal residents of the United States detained at airports nationwide, threatened with deportation based on their religion or national origin.
But amidst this barrage of attacks, we have learned that America is ready to resist. Over the weekend, thousands occupied airports, demanding the release of those detained. Millions are already calling themselves The Resistance.
AFT 2121 began our resistance even before Trump took office. In a show of unity, on January 19, we organized hundreds of students, faculty, elected officials, administrators, and even our chief of police, to speak out in love and support for our immigrant students and to declare loudly and proudly that CCSF is a Sanctuary Campus.
In the days and months ahead, there is much work to be done. Recently our AFT 2121 Executive Board voted to support the Rapid Response network. Here is how you can participate and nationally AFT has also responded.
We will continue to organize and stand together for justice. As Cornell West says “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”
Forward Ever
Backwards Never
Love Forever
Tim Killikelly
AFT 2121 President
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(1/31 at 12pm) #ResistTrumpTuesdays: Teachers, students, parents & bears defend education

This week is the second #ResistTrumpTuesdays action against the confirmation that same day of Betsy DeVos — Trump’s multi-billionaire nominee for the Secretary of Education who is a lobbyist, doesn’t believe in public education, or have any knowledge about it. At her first confirmation hearing DeVos stated that teachers and students should be armed against the threat of bears.

We hope you can join teachers, parents and students tomorrow at 12pm at the Oakland Federal Building (and bring your own bear) to say DeVos is the real threat to our public education. With over a hundred financial conflicts of interest and her crusade to privatize public education, DeVos is a danger to the future of public education.

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(Tomorrow) CFT nominations at Delegate Assembly

Please join us on Tuesday for the first Delegate Assembly of the Spring semester.

AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly
Tues. Jan. 24th, 3:00-5:00pm
Ocean Campus, MUB 140
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The 2017 CFT Convention will be held March 31- April 2 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Nominations of faculty to be delegates to the convention may be made in person at the Delegate Assembly tomorrow. Emailed nominations may be sent to aft@aft2121.org through January  27, 2017.
If there are more nominees than delegate spots an election by secret ballot will be held later this semester to determine the AFT 2121 convention delegation.
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