Last week AFT 2121 and the District continued to make progress on a variety of items in our negotiations session, signing tentative agreements on coaches’ compensation and a new overpayment policy, which makes the process clearer and more respectful of faculty.
We also agreed that two previous tentative agreements will go into effect in January. One is that if you have a load deficit, you can use summer teaching to reduce it. The other is that sick leave for categorical faculty will be integrated with all faculty sick leave.
Finally, we agreed to create a joint working group on clarifying sick pay and various leave policies.
Although we have made progress, we have not yet dealt with the primary issues of wages and benefits, and we were very concerned to learn that the District’s acting VC of Finance, David Martin, is leaving on December 8. The District needs to find a suitable replacement to move forward as we gear up to discuss wages and benefits.
We also had a discussion about next year’s Calendar. The focus was on how to deal with SFUSD’s decision to take off the entire Thanksgiving week. Our contract says we will try and make our schedules consistent, but is quite complicated due to cumbersome and arcane state regulations.
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Open negotiations will continue this Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 in MUB 238. All faculty are invited. Before attending, please review our open negotiations guidelines.
The gains we’ve made in our contract campaign, our fight against the ACCJC, and victory with Free City were made possible by collectively pooling our resources, including our union dues. The hundreds of faculty who have chosen to re-commit to our Union this semester by signing our new membership form — with its loud, proud commitment to “stick with our union” for a full calendar year — have put us in a powerful position for our latest round of negotiations. If you have not done so this school year, please sign a new AFT 2121 membership form.
(Left) Our AFT 2121 Delegates sticking with our Union at their November meeting.