City College of San Francisco. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

CCSF faculty union to hold strike authorization vote

City College of San Francisco’s faculty union will vote next week whether to authorize a strike after nearly a year of unsuccessful salary negotiations with the school’s administration.

The strike authorization vote, set to begin Monday and run through March 8, would allow the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121’s executive board and negotiating team to call for a strike if the union and administrators cannot agree on a new contract.

Negotiations remain in mediation, but if that proves futile the process will move to fact-finding. A strike can only happen if fact-finding is unsuccessful.

“The CCSF faculty has never gone on strike before, and it’s not something that we want to do, but we’d be willing at least from the previous votes we had,” said Tim Killikelly, the union’s president.

The union — which includes 1,500 part- and full-time teachers, librarians and counselors — previously began voting to authorize a strike last November, alleging unfair labor practices with the administration. That strike authorization vote was canceled, however, after both sides reached a compromise over the labor issues.

CCSF administrators on Wednesday called next week’s strike authorization vote “premature” because negotiations are still in the mediation stage.

“We’d like to see the union put a good faith effort in participating in mediation discussions in hopes that we will find a way to come to a mutual agreement and avoid a strike which could have detrimental effects on our students and our community,” the school said in a statement.

Union members have been working without a contract since July 1, 2015.

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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