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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 ›
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.
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.
On 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!
Click on this posting to download the AFT 2121 Spring 2016 Calendar.
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
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 ›
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.
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.
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 ›
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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 ›
STUDENTS, COMMUNITY STAND WITH FACULTY AND STAFF FOR ACCESS TO EDUCATION. FAIR CONTRACT FOR FACULTY NOW!
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!
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 ›
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
2.17% “bonus” lasting the term of the contract only
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.|
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.