Welcome back to the Spring 2018 semester! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break. Our Union has three connected and crucial areas of focus as we begin the year.
The affordability crisis
We all know the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is pushing people out. Many of our faculty face housing instability. We need our CCSF leaders to commit to doing what it takes to confront the affordability crisis, retain and attract well-qualified faculty, and protect educational quality at our college.
City College is an essential source of community and a vital source of strength in San Francisco. When we won Free City last year we changed the narrative from austerity to growth. Now we must continue building the stability our students deserve to rebuild our college and provide them with high quality education.
Help address this crisis with us by telling your story. Why do you love your job? Is the affordability crisis threatening your ability to remain an educator? What about your students? Let’s ask the Board of Trustees and our administration for their support in protecting what matters at our college. Join our union in public comment to the Board of Trustees (January 25, 4pm, Southeast Campus) or share your story at our Open Negotiations (January 31, 2pm, MUB 238).
We have built a lot of power and momentum over the last five years. As a result negotiations for a new contract went pretty well last semester. Our bargaining team reached “tentative agreements” with the District on many non-financial issues. But challenges could grow as negotiations turn to salaries, benefits, and workload. Faculty engagement in the bargaining process is key to maintaining our momentum and winning a successful contract campaign. To win better wages, defend educational quality, and improve working conditions, we have to stay involved and stick together.
Membership drive: Resisting Trump and building power
Trump and anti-labor interests in this country have a plan to debilitate unions. The Janus case, making its way through the supreme court now, threatens labor at all levels. States with right-to-work laws have seen wages cut, benefits slashed, and pensions reduced. We’ve been working hard to get ready by making phone calls, connecting face to face with colleagues, continuing to build the capacity of our rank and file leaders, and increasing membership! While 2017 has been a tough year in many ways, AFT 2121 has had a great year with membership. You can help us keep the momentum going and get more involved to keep our Union strong! Contact Marco Mojica, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFT 2121 Flex Day
On Flex day we hope you will wear your AFT 2121 t-shirt or button to show your support for our Bargaining Team and our Union. Come find our Union table by Diego Rivera Plaza to pick up aFlex Day Bulletin, an AFT 2121 Spring 2018 Calendar, and an AFT 2121 button.
New AFT 2121 leaders Audrey Wallace and Alexis Litzky will be conducting a “get to know AFT 2121” workshop starting at 1:30 in MUB 170 for recently hired and veteran faculty alike to better understand what AFT 2121 does and how they can get more involved.
Please plan to come to our AFT 2121 meeting from 2:30-4pm in Conlan 101. We will be presenting information about the Bay 10 salary comparison, our CCSF budget analysis, and doing a workshop on how to talk compensation with each other and people outside the college.
Later the PT Committee plans to have a negotiations update and an equal pay for equal work discussion. All faculty are invited to the PT Committee meeting from 4:10-5pm in Conlan 101.
CCSF Flex Day Schedule
(Thursday, 1/23) Our January Union meeting
All faculty are invited to attend our first Delegate Assembly of the semester on January 23 from 3-5pm in MUB 340.
(Friday, 1/26) The People’s Forum: Governor’s Race
Please join the California Domestic Workers Coalition, AFT 2121, and the San Francisco Democratic Party for a Democratic Gubernatorial Debate. The top four Democratic candidates for California Governor have been invited to debate on the stage of City College’s Diego Rivera Theater. You can hear candidate’s platforms and ideas on leading California. This will be a night not to be missed. Please join us Friday, January 26 from 6-7:30pm in the Diego Rivera Theater.
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College for All!
After our huge win on Free City College our Union and CFT have endorsed the College for All initiative which would create free tuition for undergraduates in all three public college and university systems in California by taxing the top 0.2% of wealthiest Californians. AFT 2121 is helping with the petition drive to get this on the ballot for the November 2018 election. You can get involved!