Tuesday, 11/14: Balboa Reservoir on SF PUC agenda
The SF Public Utilities Commission, the SF Planning Department, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development are proceeding with plans to build a private housing development on the section of the Balboa Reservoir that CCSF has improved and leased from the PUC for decades. At our most recent General Membership meeting AFT 2121 members passed a resolution asking our CCSF Board of Trustees and administration to advocate more vigorously for the interests of the college by asking the PUC to transfer the Balboa Reservoir to CCSF rather than hand over public land to private developers. On Tuesday you can ask the SF PUC to keep our public land in public hands.
SF PUC Meeting
Tuesday, Nov 14, 1:30 pm
SF City Hall, room 400
You may also submit a written comment via the Commission Secretary Donna Hood: dhood@sfwater.
Wednesday, 11/15: All members invited to open negotiations
All faculty are invited to come observe bargaining. Ourshow of unity in the last round of negotiations and the hundreds of faculty who have chosen to re-commit to our Union by signing a new membership form have put us in a powerful position to begin our latest round of negotiations.
As a result we have already made progress since we kicked off our bargaining campaign last month. Last week our Bargaining Team reached its first agreementwith the District. And in our first round of negotiations we won the District’s agreement to have open negotiations. Faculty and members of the public are allowed to observe. We’ve establishedground rules for observers of open negotiations and you will be welcome to provide input in caucuses of the union negotiating team.
We will be meeting in MUB 248 every Wednesday (our team will be in 238 from 1:00-1:30)– please RSVP email@example.com if you’re planning to go, so we have a rough count. Negotiations session starts at 1:30 and go until about 5:00pm.
Friday, 12/15: Save the date for AFT 2121 end-of-year party
All faculty are invited to join us for our AFT 2121 end-of-the-year party on December 15 from 3-6pm in the Pierre Coste Dining room. Please save the date.
Counselors speak up about new counseling hours
Last week our AFT staff and Counseling Department reps met with Dean Lidia Jenkins and VC of Human Resources, Dianna Gonzales, to discuss the proposal for extending counseling next spring by adding evening and Saturday hours.
Counselors expressed concerns about the late date for making this scheduling change without any discussion or input from counselors, and whether counselors would be mandated to change their schedule to accommodate these assignments. VC Gonzales was emphatic that administration was set on extending services in the Spring, given the Chancellor’s directive to do so as part of the push towards the goal of 32,000 FTES at CCSF.
Dean Jenkins hopes that some counselors would accept taking the assignments in load but that administration would offer the new assignments as overload if necessary. We suggested they also look at the part-time counseling pool if needed. She agreed that accepting these new assignments would be voluntary for individual counselors. Administration said they would assess how well these new counseling hours pan out in the Spring in assessing what adjustments needed to be made going forward.
Union reaches understanding with Administration re: new full-time counseling position
A full-time counselor interested in the new position in the Continuing Student Counseling Department (CSCD), was told he would have to apply for the position even though CSCD is his current Department! Under our contract, however, faculty can be assigned to work in a different program within the same Department. Furthermore, if the counselor has to go through a hiring process to get this assignment, the result would be no additional full-time time counselor for the department—defeating the whole purpose of the hiring.
After discussion with our Union administration has agreed that the Department Chair can assign the current counselor to the CS position.