Thursday, May 12, 2016

My last post as Union Secretary

Greetings fellow brothers and sisters of CCCFE Faculty.

This is my last post as your union secretary.  After several years of developing a newsletter, a website and a web presence, I have decided to pass the torch.  Everything is set in terms of a communications profile.

I wish the best to the new incoming Union E Board. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CCSF still in crisis

It appears that all is not well at CCSF.  Thanks to the ACCJC's actions, the college has been in survival mode for the past few years.  Like Compton, the enrollment has dropped to dangerous levels, but unlike Compton, it appears that CCSF got a better gap funding deal than we did, which was a line of credit.  

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Collegessanctioned City College for a wide range of financial and administrative problems. It currently enrolls the equivalent of roughly 21,000 full-time students, which is down from about 33,000 when the accreditation woes began.
San Francisco’s residents also have helped the college ride out the budget crunch of losing so many students (and their tuition dollars and state subsidies). The city’s voters in 2012 passed a new parcel tax, which has generated about $15 million in annual funding for the college.
Likewise, City College also has benefited from Proposition 30, the bundle of new sales and income taxes California votersapproved in 2012. The college’s budget for this year includes $25.5 million in revenue from those taxes.
The three new streams of money, which add up to roughly $75 million in funding this year, have helped City College come back from the brink of bankruptcy. But the funding is due to expire soon, with some money drying up next year and all three funds gone by 2020. And the college is wrestling with how much to shrink -- meaning cuts to the number of courses it offers and the numbers of instructors who teach those courses -- amid losing more than a third of its students.
That tense discussion is occurring as the college’s leaders and its primary faculty union are at loggerheads over a new employment contract. And the union’s members voted overwhelmingly to stage a one-day strike next week.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

LBCC negotiations

The Long Beach Downtown Gazette reports that the LBCC faculty and Admin are at a stalemate.  Of interest is that they get stipends for evaluations and other activities that we perform gratis.  There is also an early retirement proposal.  

Being Community College Association Union members, they differ from CFT.  Of interest is that the newspaper dug into Transparent California, and showed that the Union President was earning well north of 100,000 a year, but this must be taken in light of his 20 years of service.  

The article states: 

The faculty’s current contract doesn’t end until June 2017 and negotiations are part of the re-opener, LBCC public relations and marketing associate director Stacey Toda said in an email.
Toda said LBCC’s proposal includes: ongoing salary increases averaging 1.48% for all faculty, one-time bonus of 1.5%, 10.5% increase to hourly overtime rates and 10.15% stipend pay increase. The college also is offering hourly pay for conducting evaluations of probationary and tenured faculty, as now it’s part of their college service hours, Toda said. Additionally, the college would provide an early retirement incentive, where those with 15 years of employment and at least age 55 would get 65% of their salary, she said. If the college has 24 retirees by June 2016, it will offer an additional 2% ongoing salary increase for faculty, Toda said.
If you read it, they are only offering a 1.48% increase to their base salary.  The other stuff is occasional.  Their union is asking the following:

CCA now is asking for a 4.25% base salary increase retroactive to July 2015 and a 3% increase beginning in July 2016, Hund said.
Given these types of negotiations throughout California, our contract actually doesn't look too bad.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

San Francisco Examiner reports that the ACCJC has inserted itself into negotiaitons

Recently, AFT 2121 discovered that the administration has been listening to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) about negotiations; the accreditor, already disgraced in its improper actions toward many of California’s community colleges, has no business putting its hands into bargaining. Why is CCSF administration continuing to listen to an organization that “no longer meets the needs of California,” according to the state Community College Board of Governors?
San Francisco voted to offer CCSF additional funding for stabilization.   But their District has proven to primarily spend on their Administration.  Some earning as high as 6 figures.  It states:

Where are the administration’s priorities? While they give lip service to the idea of rebuilding the college, their actions speak louder than words. This spring, they have already begun implementing the 26 percent cuts. In some cases, students have enrolled in classes, paid for books, and begun studying, only to have their classes canceled several weeks into the semester. In others, administration cut classes that were vital to student goals such as the associate degree or transfer to a four-year university before the semester started, even when the enrollment numbers were viable.

One wonders why they have continued adding to the administrator ranks and paying the top brass six figures in the midst of class and program reductions. Faculty and student leaders fought and won three years of stabilization funding to make sure we could survive the accreditation crisis.

Strike at CCSF

NBC reports that the CCSF Union went on strike.  They are at impasse.  They report that

The school announced earlier this month that it was increasing its offer to faculty to a 7.19 percent raise for all faculty over the next two years, with additional one-time payments totaling 5.36 percent over the same two years.
In a statement, school officials said they would like to give faculty the 18.19 percent raises the union is asking for, but are unable due to a sharp decline in enrollment and the loss of funding expected to result from it.

CCSF Troubles. They are having a one day strike

CFT tweeted that the City College of San Francisco had a one day strike on April 27, 2016/  Although they survived the ACCJC attack, they are not in good shape.  They had allies from the Teamsters show up in solidarity with their trucks.

It has also taken through the streets. Much of the spirit of CCSF has been directly been attacked.  They had offered healthcare for their part timers.  Something that Compton CCD has continually messed around with it, even if it was offered by Sacramento.

Increasingly, the situation at CCSF is getting more and more serious.  But it is good to see the level of support that their faculty have. 

Even the baby is on strike in San Francisco.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Union Officer Elections.


The elections for the Union have begun.

The ballot box will be open from April 25 to April 28, 2016.