More misdirection from the District!

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier today you may have received an email from CCSF administration which claimed faculty are “intent on striking.” What we are intent on is settling a contract that puts student education first and treats us fairly. We are now voting to authorize the AFT 2121 Executive Board to call a strike to achieve this goal if needed. 

Just because a strike is authorized does not mean a strike is inevitable. The District can avert a strike by renewing its commitment to students and faculty by settling a fair contract. We are frustrated that after 13 months of negotiations and 8 months of working on an expired contract, we are not close to such an agreement. The District has failed in its commitment to students, faculty, and our communities. Students are facing ongoing threats of further class cancellations, programmatic cuts, the downsizing of our college and diminished opportunities for personal and professional growth.

A strong yes vote will demonstrate that faculty are prepared to do whatever it takes to defend public education and preserve the College San Francisco deserves! Our contract needs to:
  • Decrease minimum class size to preserve course offerings and avoid disruption of student education.
  • Provide significant on-schedule raises to offset 8 years of lost purchasing power.
  • Preserve the pro-rata pay of part-time faculty.
  • Increase load factors to equitably reflect the workloads of all faculty.
The days of the District cynically using the ACCJC as a club against us are over. If the District really believes a strike would hurt accreditation then they should settle a fair contract with us! The ACCJC is legally precluded from interfering with collective bargaining.
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Our union has led the fight against the ACCJC and it has made a difference. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously in September 2015 that the ACCJC must go! Later this month a plan to find a new accreditor is coming up for a vote. In fact, we still have a lawsuit against the ACCJC to protect our rights. We are not afraid to take them on and our lawsuit will discredit them even more than they already have been.
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Throughout the crisis of the last several years faculty have stood together and struggled for this college. Our union has become stronger as a result. A large YES vote will show management just how strong we really are! Find out where to vote.
In Unity,
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Alan D’Souza
Vice President, AFT 2121
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