CCSF faculty union, administrators continue contract negotiations

The union that represents City College of San Francisco’s teachers, librarians and counselors, says what the school is offering for salaries is not enough. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

City College of San Francisco leaders are continuing to negotiate new contracts for faculty members, who earlier this month inched closer to a possible strike than ever before.

Administrators and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which includes 1,500 part- and full-time teachers, librarians and counselors, have been meeting since the spring to negotiate new contracts for faculty. Prior contracts expired June 30.

At the most recent meeting Wednesday, the union rejected what it said the school proposed, a 1.1 percent increase for full-time faculty over the 2007 salaries and a cost-of-living adjustment of a 1 percent annual increase over the next three years. However, according to CCSF administration, the salary compensation they’ve proposed is “substantially above” what the AFT is reporting, though the exact number could not be disclosed.

The union, in turn, has proposed a 16 percent across-the-board raise over three years, said Tim Killikelly, president of CCSF’s faculty union.

“The salary proposal [administrators] have is very inadequate,” Killikelly said. “It’s nowhere near where other labor unions have gotten recently.”

Earlier this month, the union voted 93 percent in favor of creating a Strike Hardship Fund that would be used for colleagues who suffer the greatest hardship if faculty go on strike.

“We’ve never gone on strike and we’ve never had this type of vote,” said Killikelly. “The unity of the faculty is very, very high.”

Thursday night, CCSF’s Board of Trustees approved the 2015-16 budget, which includes about $2.2 million for projected salary increases. The budget approved was $202 million in revenue and $195 million in expenses, leaving about a $7.7 million surplus.

However, some $32 million in this year’s budget includes stabilization funding secured by Sen. Mark Leno through Senate Bill 860. California’s community colleges are typically funded based on how many full-time students are served, but because of the stabilization funding CCSF is receiving nearly as much money as it did in 2012 before the enrollment took a hit.

Declining enrollment in recent years is largely blamed on the school nearly losing its accreditation in 2013, though that threat has since been quelled. CCSF remains open and fully accredited today.

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