Our union has been busy during the past two weeks sounding the alarm about class cancellations. Last Tuesday, students and teachers from the foreign language and English departments asked Dean Jeffrey Lamb, the administrator who appears to have made the most sweeping cuts, to stop canceling classes. Students spent more than an hour talking with him about the consequences of his cuts.
On Wednesday, faculty and students delivered a 90-foot-long scroll of over 2,500 signatures to our letter asking Chancellor Tyler and Vice Chancellor Lamb to stop the class cancellations. (See the Guardian’s coverage here.) Unfortunately, Tyler and Lamb rescheduled the meeting and only allowed three AFT representatives and no students into the meeting. While Tyler and Lamb promised to review the class cuts to make sure they didn’t “make any big mistakes” and said there will be some late start classes, administration clearly still does not understand the great harm caused by class cancellations. (Here’s a quick video report-back.)
Meanwhile, we still haven’t received a satisfactory answer to the questions arising out of “salarygate”–the special board resolution that was pulled but has given rise to much confusion and indignation about the salary schedule for CCSF’s top administrators.
Please join us at 8:30 am on Flex Day (this Thursday) in a protest to ask the chancellor and Special Trustee Agrella to turn City College’s priorities right side up. Class cancellations hurt students, enrollment, and faculty–they hurt the College long-term. Budget priorities should be focused on education, not administration. Stand with us outside the Diego Rivera Theatre starting at 8:30 am.
At 9:00 am, some of us will walk in together to hear Chancellor Tyler’s speech and explanations. Those who choose to sit the speech out will continue demonstrating until its conclusion (around 9:15 am) and then join the assembly for the keynote and professional development.