Defend the College! Why City College should encourage City Attorney Herrera to seek enforcement of the injunction against the ACCJC.

 A key decision point is fast approaching for the college administration. The District must decide to stand up to defend the college. The faculty are united that the District must urge the City Attorney to go to Judge Karnow to make sure that the ACCJC obeys the law.

We thought that decision point was going to be Thursday night at the Board meeting. But instead there was a bizarre conversation. There was an item on the agenda to discuss the evidence provided by the ACCJC in their recent report to the college that was ordered by Judge Karnow. But every time Board members started to speak to ask questions about what the best way to proceed was for the college, Board President Rafael Mandelman kept interjecting that some of these items were discussed in closed session and therefore should not discussed openly.  What made it more confusing was that many of the same items have already been discussed among interested parties at a variety of meetings that were not in closed sessions. So what exactly could be discussed or not discussed nobody knew for sure.

What was clear is that there needs to be an open discussion about what is best for the college. What is also clear is that what is best for the college is for the ACCJC to have to obey the law, just like everyone else.

It has been recognized by numerous constituencies of the College, and many others, that the ACCJC did not do what Judge Karnow ordered. The new “report” fails to clearly identify and explain the new 11 deficiencies, and it does not clearly identify the “facts” which support the new deficiencies. Instead, it offers a confusing and incomplete mix of comments from the two prior reports, and nebulous conclusions.

Because of the lack of clarity and the absence of evidence required by Judge Karnow this ACCJC report creates problems for the college.

Here are three reasons why the College should actively encourage the City Attorney to make sure the ACCJC follows the injunction:

1. Restoration Status: While the new report is ordered for purposes of reconsideration, if reconsideration does not change the College’s accreditation that means CCSF’s compliance with the report will be judged as part of Restoration Status. If the College does not do what ACCJC expects for Restoration Status, it will fail and be disaccredited, without review or appeal.

The ACCJC Report does not identify most aspects of CCSF’s “failures” on the 11 standards. CCSF will, without more information, have to guess what is awry. Worse, ACCJC can in 2016-2017 assert certain things should have been done, items CCSF will not have gleaned from the nebulous report. Thus, to assure CCSF does not fail on Restoration Status, more information must be provided.

2. CCSF cannot just “protest” the ACCJC’s latest failure by writing in its Reconsideration report to the ACCJC. Note that CCSF cannot ask the Court to enforce the injunction. Only the City Attorney has standing to do this. The college must “exhaust” its possible remedies. The only way to avoid a “failure to exhaust” argument is for the College’s surrogate to ask the Judge to enforce the injunction. We think it is probable that such an effort will insulate the College from a “failure to exhaust” argument, should it be disaccredited in 2017, and sue. Such an effort by the CIty Attorney would arguably moot any claim by ACCJC that CCSF lost its right to sue over lack of notice about things ACCJC identifies in the 2016-2017 report and decision that it must make.

3. Letting the ACCJC know that they can not ignore the law puts the ACCJC on notice that the College is not going to let itself be treated unfairly and illegally. The ACCJC has brazenly violated its own clear policies, feeling it is above the law.

Again, the District needs to defend the college by actively urging the City Attorney to ask Judge Karnow to enforce the injunction that the ACCJC has chosen to ignore.

In Unity,

Tim Killikelly
President

Posted in Accreditation, Board of Trustees, iamcitycollege, News, President's message

Tell the ACCJC to treat our colleges fairly! Rally on June 5th in Oakland.

Do you think the ACCJC treats California’s Community colleges unfairly? The next ACCJC meeting will be on Friday, June 5th in Oakland. You can bet that AFT 2121 and CFT leaders from across the state will be there to tell them what we think! Want to help? Invite your friends and come out to join us!

ACCJC, TREAT OUR COLLEGES FAIRLY!
Rally and press conference
Friday, June 5th at 1pm
Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel
1 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland
RSVP and invite on Facebook

ACCJC will host meetings at this hotel on June 3, 4, 5. Legislation is being sent now to the Assembly that will reform ACCJC accreditation practices. This event is to raise awareness and put pressure on key legislators to consider passing this legislation for a fair accreditation process for all community colleges. The ACCJC treats California’s Community colleges unfairly and this harms thousands of students. California’s State Superior Court ruled that the ACCJC broke the law when it tried to close City College of San Francisco and the Department of Education criticized the ACCJC for its treatment of our California community colleges. The California Federation of Teachers, the City College faculty union and other supporters from across California have been fighting for fair accreditation reforms. We are holding a protest and press conference outside of the ACCJC’s next meeting. Please join us!

~honkforeducation

Posted in Accreditation, Events, iamcitycollege, Legislation, Solidarity, Speak up, Support for AFT 2121, CCSF

Thursday, May 21st: Jobs with Justice #blacklivesmatter forum

Jobs With Justice has organized a #blacklivesmatter forum co-sponsored by Labor and Community Studies CCSF and the School of Unity and Liberation. The panelists will connecting economic justice, racial justice and black liberation. Discussion to follow panel.

BLACK LIVES MATTER AT WORK
A Jobs With Justice Forum
Thursday May 21st from 6:30-8:30pm
Local 2 (209 Golden Gate Ave)
Get the flyer

ALICIA GARZA, Co-creator #BlackLivesMatter and Special Projects Director of NDWA, leading Black domestic worker organizing, STEVE PITTS, UC Berkeley Labor Center and National Black Worker Center Project, CHRIS HIGGENBOTHAM, Fight for $15 leader, McDonald’s worker and Oakland teacher, and DERRICK BOUTTE, Social and Economic Justice Chair and member leader of SEIU 1021. Moderated by Neva Walker, ED of Coleman Advocates. 

 

 

Posted in Events, Solidarity

Tuesday, May 19th: COPE candidate endorsements and Delegate Assembly

Please join the Delegate Assembly tomorrow  for important planning and work leading into the summer and fall! Get the DA agenda.

AFT 2121 Delegate Assembly (3-4pm)
COPE meeting for members (4-5pm)
Tuesday, May 19th
Ocean Campus, MUB 251

This November there will be an election for one, short-term seat on the CCSF Board of Trustees. There are three candidates seeking AFT 2121’s endorsement. We hope you will weigh in to help us make this decision tomorrow at our COPE endorsement meeting with the candidates. Afterwards, we will hold a brief discussion and a vote—please plan to stay a little beyond 5pm for this.

Wendy Aragon, 4:30pm 
Alex Randolph, 4:40pm
Tom Temprano, 4:50pm

The candidates offered extensive answers to our 2121 questionnaire; members received an email with the info (email us at aft@aft2121.org if you’d like to get the link again). 

Posted in Events

Hundreds of faculty, students and community rally for a fair contract NOW!

On Wednesday, City College faculty, students, and community supporters rallied at four campuses across the city to demand a fair contract. Over 500 people participated to hear speakers address the disparity in faculty wages and administrator salaries, as well as instructional and student support need vital to the future of City College. Half a dozen labor and community groups spoke in support of AFT 2121’s contract platform, including Community Housing Partnership, San Francisco Labor Council, and Young Workers United.

Tim Killikelly, City College instructor and president of AFT 2121, explainedthat “we need a comprehensive plan to rebuild our college. That includes having a living wage for our faculty. How can CCSF continue to attract and retain high quality faculty when it pays the lowest of the Bay Area community colleges?”

“Faculty are on the ground every day, supporting students to be successful and to reach their goals,” said CCSF Student Trustee Shanell Williams. “It’s unacceptable that they’re not getting fair wages.”


“How do we keep students in our college?” said Kung Feng, lead organizer at Jobs with Justice. “We need to keep classes open, not cut them.”

Faculty, students and community leaders are asking whetherCCSF’s administration has their priorities in the right place. In the past four years, the portion of money going to
administrators has increased 29%, while spending on faculty has gone down 9%. CCSF faculty are being paid 3.5% below 2007-08 levels in a city that’s increasingly unaffordable for teachers, low-income workers and the middle class. AFT 2121 demands a fair contract that sustains the livelihoods of faculty as well as instructional and student support needs vital to the future of City College of San Francisco.

At the Negotiations Table

On Wednesday, AFT 2121 put forward proposals on Salaries and CompensationRebuild CCSF-Enrollment Recovery Initiative, and Relief for Full-time Faculty with Underloads

Our Salaries and Compensation proposal included:

- Restoration to 2007-08 salary level
- Restoration of frozen salary step of 2009-201
- Restore COLA and increase salaries to restore us to above the median of Bay Ten community colleges
- Full-time extra pay parity and parity for part-time faculty

 Our Rebuild CCSF – Enrollment Recovery Initiative proposal included the following:

A joint management-AFT Enrollment Recovery Initiative that would marshal the efforts of the faculty together with those of administration to:

- Identify programs with growth opportunities including course offerings likely to attract students to CCSF.
- Conduct market research to identify prospective students from the whole San Francisco community.
- Use research to develop an overall plan for outreach to prospective students with specific targets: discipline/program specific e.g. prospective computer science students, theater arts students, etc.; high schools, public and private; community-based organizations; neighborhood canvassing/leafleting.
- Develop a research-based, effective media messaging and community based outreach campaign.
- Restore outreach department in student development.
- Recruit faculty coordinators with experience and ability to help lead outreach efforts. Provide necessary release time.
- Recruit volunteer efforts of faculty in campaign.
- Offer alternative assignment working on the campaign to faculty who suffer class cancellations or program cuts.
- Consider possibilities for securing additional funding

Full-time Underload Proposal

For the duration of the current contract, management agrees to provide voluntary alternative assignments to full-time faculty who suffer under loads due to class cancellations or program cuts. Such assignments could include working on the joint management-union enrollment recovery initiative.

Other Issues from the Negotiations Table

While the most contentious and thorny issues between our union and the District remain there has been some progress on some other issues.

We have reached agreement on the following:

- Agreement with District on updating categories of protected groups under nondiscrimination provision.
- Agreement on new language ensuring that faculty on sabbatical qualify for salary  step advancement.
- Agreement with District on clarifying short-term union leave for AFT reps and access to faculty mailboxes.

Although no agreement has been reached on the items below there has been positive movement on the following:

- Faculty use of District email.
- Assessing shortening timelines of student complaint procedure.
- Mutual interest in pursuing study of the viability of a compressed academic calendar.  Discussed how to plan calendars in advance and synch calendars with SFUSD.

Join the CAT!

Want to help with the Negotiations? Join the CAT (Contract Action Team). Contact Alan D’Souza at adsouza@aft2121.org or (415) 585-2121

 

Posted in Events, Negotiations, News

This Friday: come to our end of the semester party!

 

This Friday, May 15th join your colleagues for good company, food, and drinks. We have and will continue fighting for for justice and fairness for ourselves and for our students. But now, it is time for us to celebrate! Get the flyer

Posted in Events, Members

District cites ACCJC “requirements” and rejects proposals on enrollment, class cancellations, open negotiations

District rejects AFT 2121 proposals on enrollment and class cancellations.

The District rejected our proposals for a joint AFT 2121- District enrollment recovery initiative and class cancellations – before we had a chance to present them. The District insists that enrollment is outside the “scope of bargaining.” But as enrollment goes, so goes the budget and faculty livelihoods. The college cannot do this without the faculty. Our proposal for an Enrollment Recovery Initiative includes: rebuilding and growing programs, targeted outreach to prospective students, recruiting faculty to coordinate these efforts, and offering alternative assignments in this campaign to faculty who’ve had their classes cut.

District taking correcting facts “under advisement,” reject open negotiations again.

Mickey Branca, Dean of Employee Relations, put out a bizarre email on May 6th that claimed that AFT 2121 decided on having closed negotiations. This is completely inaccurate. We have from the beginning advocated, and continue to advocate for, open negotiations – so that our members can participate in the process of negotiations. We demanded that Mickey Branca make a correction to the college community. Mickey did not respond and to our amazement management attorney Jeff Sloan said he would take our request for a correction of facts “under advisement.” When probed, Jeff Sloan again said that the District did not want open negotiations, but are merely willing to allow college members in for presentations by subject matter experts.

 ACCJC “requirements” show up at negotiations in violation of labor law. 

We all know the negative impact that the ACCJC has had on our college. Their shadow hangs  over our negotiations as well, despite it being explicitly illegal for them to interfere in labor negotiations. During one part of the District’s budget presentation they referred to the OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) contributions as a “requirement”, which it legally is not. When questioned further they pointed to “Standards” which in the ACCJC Restoration document. This is another indication of ACCJC’s continuing interference with labor negotiations, which is also happening around the state. The issue of ACCJC’s illegal interference in labor negotiations is a central element of the CFT-AFT 2121 lawsuit that was not part of the Herrera lawsuit. As developments occur in our case we will keep you informed.

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Support and Demand a Fair Contract – Rally and Press Conference on Wednesday May 13th, 12-1 at Ram Plaza. Share the flyer!

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