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

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.

CCSFCity College of San Franciscoeducationfaculty unionstrike authorization vote

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s Rize Up Bakery serving up sourdough with a call to action

Azikiwee Anderson wakes up most mornings just before dawn to start cooking… Continue reading

Although The City has been shut down and largely empty, people have enjoyed gathering in places such as Dolores Park. <ins>(Al Saracevic/The Examiner)</ins>
Come back to San Francisco: The City needs you now

Time to get out of the house, people. The City’s been lonely… Continue reading

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San… Continue reading

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott speaks alongside Mayor London Breed at a news conference about 2019 crime statistics at SFPD headquarters on Jan. 21, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What the media gets wrong about crime in San Francisco

By Lincoln Mitchell Special to The Examiner Seemingly every day now, you… Continue reading

Vice President Kamala Harris is under fire for her comments in Guatemala earlier this week. (Examiner file photo.)
SF immigration advocates slam Kamala Harris’ ‘betrayal’ to her past

Kamala Harris’ comments earlier this week discouraging Central Americans from traveling to… Continue reading

Most Read