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CCSF faculty union cancels strike vote

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several hundred CCSF faculty members and students, along with Supervisors David Campos and Eric Mar, and Assemblymember David Chiu, marched in downtown San Francisco on Nov. 12 to protest a proposed 26 percent cut to student courses over the next several years. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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City College of San Francisco’s faculty union is no longer threatening to strike for a day after reaching an agreement with the school’s administration over certain provisions.

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

The union began a 10-day strike authorization voting period Nov. 20 and planned for a one-day strike Dec. 7. However, the AFT 2121 Executive Board unanimously voted to cancel the Strike Authorization Vote scheduled to conclude Nov. 30, the union’s president Tim Killikelly posted to the AFT 2121 website Tuesday.

“The District will rescind all letters demanding payment from AFT 2121 unit members and will not take action against any other members until completing talks with AFT 2121,” Killikelly wrote in the post.

“Additionally, in order to settle our [Unfair Labor Practice] charge, the District administration has agreed to refrain from surveillance of Union activities and will inform administrative and public safety staff of the District administration and Board of Trustees’ commitment to respect faculty member’s rights concerning protected activity,” he added.

Killikelly said the administration’s action is a sign that perhaps the tide is turning in the months-long unsuccessful bargaining.

“We’re hoping that this will means that the negotiations process will become a more productive one,” Killikelly said.

Both sides continue to negotiate new salaries for the part- and full-time faculty. The school’s proposal includes a 7.8 percent increase for full-time faculty, which includes 3.7 percent to restore salaries to what professors earned in 2007 with an additional 4.1 percent, and a cost-of-living adjustment of a 1 percent annual increase over the next three years. There is also a 3 percent increase over the 2007 salaries over three years proposed for part-time faculty.

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

Despite nearly losing its accreditation in 2013, CCSF remains open and fully accredited. The school is in restoration status, which gives it until January 2017 to meet all accrediting requirements.

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