More than 200 City College of San Francisco part-time faculty members headed into Labor Day weekend minus all or part of their August paychecks due to what college officials called a “payroll glitch.”
Due to “a technical glitch last week,” about 156 part-time faculty did not receive paychecks on August 30, according to City College spokesperson Connie Chan. The college has approximately 2,300 employees currently on payroll.
Throughout the weekend, leaders of City College’s faculty union, AFT 2121, said they were busy fielding phone calls from concerned faculty members and demanding that the college find an interim solution.
“Hundreds of faculty were not paid at all and a lot were underpaid. Our phones were ringing off the hook,” said AFT 2121 Vice President Wynd Kaufmyn, adding that the union’s leadership was told that “they were going to fix the problem” and that corrected paychecks would be issued this week, by Thursday at the earliest, they were told.
“We said that is not acceptable. People need to pay for rent, food, child care — a lot of our teachers are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Kaufmyn.
Anthony Ryan, a part-time City College instructor of two years, was one of them.
“The first word was that between 300-500 part-time faculty members weren’t getting a paycheck,” said Ryan. “The closest I came to seeing an explanation [was] that our jobs were not classified correctly in the system.”
City college faculty are paid once a month — part-time and “full-time overload” instructors are required to log their assignments in a separate payroll system from regular employees, according to Kaufmyn.
In response to the turmoil, union leaders wrote an open letter to City College Chancellor Mark Rocha demanding that faculty members get paid by Saturday morning.
“We asked him to make sure they get paid immediately, or to use his paycheck that he got that day to help them out,” said Kaufmyn.
That didn’t happen, but college administrators were called back to work on Friday evening to issue physical checks for $1,000 for the 156 people who were not paid at all, according to Kaufmyn.
On Saturday morning, several teachers like Ryan trekked to the district’s Gough Street office to collect them.
“It’s a huge inconvenience. Bills are due at the beginning of the month,” said Ryan.
According to Chan, 12 faculty members showed up to collect the checks while the rest waited to receive their direct deposit checks on Tuesday.
Corrected checks for all faculty members affected are expected to be issued by tomorrow.