City College of San Francisco faculty members and supporters participate in a strike outside the Ocean Campus in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

CCSF, faculty union settle labor dispute

City College of San Francisco and its faculty union reached a tentative agreement this week on a contract for its educators after a year and a half of contentious negotiations, the union said Wednesday.

Both sides signed onto the deal Monday night while meeting with a mediator in an attempt to reach a settlement — a process that had failed before but started again last Friday at the recommendation of a factfinder.

A spokesperson for CCSF confirmed the tentative agreement Wednesday but would not comment further. Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb and Board of Trustees President Rafael Mandelman are expected to elaborate on the proposed deal Thursday morning.

According to the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, the tentative agreement amounts to an about 11.3 percent salary increase for faculty members over a three-year period. That increase is on top of the average 3.7 percent restored to faculty salaries for wage cuts from previous years.

“We think it’s a good agreement,” said union head Tim Killikelly. “We think it is providing enough resources so that the college can move forward with maintaining really good faculty in the long run.”

“If they kept going down the road in keeping salaries so low, we wouldn’t be competitive,” Killikelly added.

Faculty members were working without a contract for a year as of June.

Throughout the labor negotiations, both the faculty union and college administration accused the other side of bargaining in bad faith.

Unable to reach an agreement, the union went on its first ever strike in April and prompted the campus to shut down for a day.

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