March 16, 2012
Official Results of Faculty Ratification Vote: Faculty Approve 2011/12 Tentative Agreement
All ballots have been received back from voting sites to the AFT office and counted under the direction of Election Chair Wendy Miller, who reports these final results:
- 437 to accept the tentative agreement and 92 voting to reject. Four ballots were disqualified.
Download the agreement here.
The District is working immediately to implement pay deductions beginning next pay day, March 27, 2012. The moratorium on further class cancellations (with the exception of low enrolled short-term classes) and the planned 50% reduction in assignments of part-time counselors now continues through this semester.
We wish to thank members of the AFT bargaining team, who worked effectively to minimize the temporary across-the-board wage cut by pushing the District to fully acknowledge the cost savings realized from the sacrifices made by faculty who suffered cuts in assignments this year. We also wish to acknowledge the work of long-time CFT leader, Marty Hittelman, for his invaluable help in analyzing the CCSF budget and helping us determine more accurate forecasts of District revenue and expenses, and to desconstruct the District’s fund balance and reserves. And thank you to the many 2121 Precinct Reps, Executive Board members, and volunteers who helped make this ratification vote and vote count possible on a very short timeline.
We will now turn our attention to the formidable fiscal problem facing us all next year. We will work to provide analysis of the budget and cuts being considered by the administration to programs and negotiate over their impact on faculty. We seek full discussion of these critical issues through site meetings, union meetings, and other forums this semester.
We will also continue to collect feedback through the survey and provide information by updating the Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you for your continued support and engagement in these challenging times.
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Next Union meeting: Tues., March 20 • 3-5 pm • Ocean, Arts 302
As a reminder, this meeting will include nominations for Union leadership (Officers and Executive Board members, Labor Council delegates, Precint Representative, and national AFT Convention delegates).
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Tax initiatives, Millionaires Tax
In what has already been hailed as a victory and criticized as capitulation, CFT and the Restoring California Coalition reached a compromise with Gov. Jerry Brown this week for an initiative containing elements of both the Millionaires Tax and the Governor's measure. Signature gathering on the Millionaires Tax continues until the coalition and CFT are assured that the deal is solid and the compromise will succeed. We'll provide more details after these issues are clarified. If you have been gathering signatures for the Millionaires Tax, there is currently no direction to cease. Please continue to return your petitions to Galina in the Union office.
It's important to recognize AFT 2121 activists, City College students, and others in the Bay Area and throughout the state who were fully engaged in a growing and impressive grassroots campaign for the Millionaires Tax. Their work has been substantial and in a few short weeks, AFT 2121 is already nearly halfway to its target of 2,000 signatures. Those efforts have given us a clear sense of how much can -- and will -- be accomplished when labor and community fully join forces and take the next steps to defend and refund public education, social services, and California's future.
The campaign for the Oil Severance Tax initiative continues.
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