(Wednesday, 1/31) Open negotiations
More than a dozen faculty from a diverse range of departments and programs came to the Southeast Campus at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting to speak about how the affordability crisis is affecting their ability to continue doing the job they love. A new full-time English Instructor said he had hoped to spend his whole career at City College, but is currently commuting two hours from Antioch — the closest place he could find housing in his salary range. A dance instructor reported that the day she was hired to teach full time at City College was the best day of her life, but she was soon crushed to realize that she earned less as a professor than she did at the bartending job with which she’d put herself through school. A computer networking and information technology instructor spoke of her department’s struggle to hire faculty to teach fully enrolled, high-demand sections. The message was clear: City College Faculty love our jobs, but if we’re to keep these wonderful faculty, our College must address the affordability crisis.
What’s next? You can help us keep the momentum going by telling your story. Why do you love your job? Is the affordability crisis threatening your ability to remain an educator? Is this affecting the quality of education our students deserve?
- You can share your story at our Open Negotiations (January 31, 2pm, MUB 238)
- or in public comment to the Board of Trustees (February 22, 4pm, MUB 140).
Let’s continue asking the Board of Trustees and our administration for their support in protecting what matters at our college.
Can’t tell your story? You can still support our Bargaining Team.
Have you signed a new membership form yet? Hundreds of faculty who have chosen to re-commit to our Union by signing our new membership form — with its loud, proud commitment to “stick with our union” for a full calendar year — have helped to keep us in a powerful position for our negotiations. If you have not done so this school year, please help us keep the momentum going and sign a new AFT 2121 membership form.
(Picture) Astronomy faculty member Melinda Weil is sticking with our Union
(Wednesday, 2/7) Who Stole My Raise?
Last year, AFT 2121 faculty turned out at the State Building in San Francisco to a hearing held by the Department of Managed Healthcare about healthcare prices. More than 1,350 people from over 60 different unions and community groups said with one voice: stop stealing our raises! This helped set the stage for the successful prescription drug and single payer reform efforts the labor movement won last year. Now we have a chance to do this again!
Contact: Mario Yedidia, UNITE HERE! Health Care Initiatives, 415-309-2233
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(Thursday, 2/8) COPE meeting for SF Mayoral Race
Come be a part of our union’s democratic process! All AFT 2121 members are invited to join aCOPE meeting on Thursday, February 8 on the Ocean Campus in MUB 340 from 2-4:30pm. We will have the opportunity to interview candidates for San Francisco Mayor and discuss other political matters at this critical moment for both for SF and CCSF!
Completed questionnaires from the mayoral candidates will be made available the week of our COPE meeting.
Class size improvements win!
ESL at Chinatown has had terrible overcrowding for a long time now. We’ve had beginning ESL classes with 75 people. This has been terrible for faculty and students.
We’ve been pushing administration to open new sections and relieve overcrowding. But for years, administration has been saying only that our class sizes are dangerously small.
We won Free City last year and changed the narrative from austerity to growth. And this semester, things have changed. New sections have been opened at the Chinatown Campus. The largest ESL class there now has 45 students. This is a victory for us, and an improvement in the quality of education for our students. We hope our College is able to continue rebuilding the stability our students deserve. Congrats to everyone who has been working hard to fight austerity and keep our college strong!