City College of San Francisco: No Layoffs, No Class Cuts, and a Safe Return to Campus

City College of San Francisco Chancellor David Martin and Board of Trustees

City College of San Francisco administrators are laying off more than 50 full-time and hundreds of part-time faculty in 18 departments. This follows layoffs of 67 classified workers. These layoffs and the resulting class cuts will reduce enrollment and consequently, State funding, leading to more class cuts, a death spiral. Finally, they are planning a re-opening with no verification of vaccination during registration and no mask enforcement at building entrances.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION: City College of San Francisco:

We Demand: No Layoffs, No Class Cuts, And a Safe Return to Campus.

Specifically, We Demand:

(1) No Layoffs of CCSF Classified Staff and Faculty employees. Rehire student employees. Cut the number of administrators and consultants, and stop privatization of public education.

(2) Schedule more classes to meet the needs of students and to encourage enrollment growth. Restore programs that have been reduced.

(3) Use the COLA for employee pay as is done at other colleges--not for the hiring of more consultants and lawyers, some of whom are being paid to help institute more layoffs.

(4) Build The Performing Arts Education Center (PAEC) Immediately--No More Stalling—The PAEC is a building the people of San Francisco have voted to fund three times starting in 2001, and it has still not been built!

(5) We demand a Zero COVID Policy to protect the health and well-being of our Students, Faculty and Staff

A. Mass testing protocol for all students, staff & faculty & free N-95 masks.

B. A vaccine mandate with an exception for medical exemptions. Vaccines available on demand.

C. Proper ventilation of all rooms and facilities before returning to work. Inspections by an industrial hygienist to certify that the ventilation is proper. Use approved detailed checklists to certify safe rooms and facilities.

D. Full pay for all faculty, staff, and student employees if infected or quarantined.

E. Assistance for students who test positive for COVID-19.

F. Establish a Billionaire Wealth Tax in San Francisco & State to fund unified pandemic protocols with oversight by a committee of faculty, staff & students.

BACKGROUND

City College of San Francisco was once the premier Community College in California with some 100,000 students and a rich array of academic-transferable courses, vocational courses, and particularly, non-credit community-benefit courses for older adults, English learners, art and music students, gender-non-binary students, and students returning from incarceration.

But City College of San Francisco has been under severe attack for almost 15 years from severe budget cuts, threats to close it by removing its accreditation, and most of all, a California Community College Board agenda to downsize all California Community Colleges and eliminate non-credit community benefit classes, leaving only vocational courses and courses transferable to 4-year colleges, so-called "Junior Colleges."

The results have been horrific for the City College of San Francisco. 90,000 in 2012 to 35,000 now. There has been a 30% cut in the number of classes and a 36% cut in enrollment from 2017-2020. They have eliminated remedial math and English classes. 90% of the OLAD courses, teaching vital balance, nutrition, and socialization skills to older adults were eliminated.  

CCSF Administrators, complicit in the state-wide agenda of downsizing and course narrowing, have refused City money to undo the course eliminations and faculty layoffs of the 2008 recessions. They have stated a goal of reducing enrollment to 17,000, which explains why they have refused public distribution of class offerings and refused to fix an on-line registration process that is impossible to use. Finally, they have refused to assure students a COVID-safe return to campus by not planning enforceable vaccination and masking requirements and not fixing and independently certifying building ventilation.

Petition by
Michael Lyon
Berkeley, California

To: City College of San Francisco Chancellor David Martin and Board of Trustees
From: [Your Name]

City College of San Francisco Administrators: We Demand: No Layoffs, No Class Cuts, And a Safe Return to Campus.

HEAT, the Higher Education Action Team, and supporters of CCSF as a genuine community college demand:

(1) No Layoffs of CCSF Classified Staff and Faculty employees. Rehire student employees. Cut the number of administrators and consultants, and stop privatization of public education.

(2) Schedule more classes to meet the needs of students and to encourage enrollment growth. Restore programs that have been reduced.

(3) Use the COLA for employee pay as is done at other colleges--not for the hiring of more consultants and lawyers, some of whom are being paid to help institute more layoffs.

(4) Build The Performing Arts Education Center (PAEC) Immediately--No More Stalling—The PAEC is a building the people of San Francisco have voted to fund three times starting in 2001, and it has still not been built!

(5) We demand a Zero COVID Policy to protect the health and well-being of our Students, Faculty and Staff

A. Mass testing protocol for all students, staff & faculty & free N-95 masks.

B. A vaccine mandate with an exception for medical exemptions. Vaccines available on demand.

C. Proper ventilation of all rooms and facilities before returning to work. Inspections by an industrial hygienist to certify that the ventilation is proper. Use approved detailed checklists to certify safe rooms and facilities.

D. Full pay for all faculty, staff, and student employees if infected or quarantined.

E. Assistance for students who test positive for COVID-19.

F. Establish a Billionaire Wealth Tax in San Francisco & State to fund unified pandemic protocols with oversight by a committee of faculty, staff & students.