City College of San Francisco Reaches Pact With a Key Group of Faculty Leaders

The City College of San Francisco, which is under pressure from its accreditor to streamline its governance structure and make other changes, has reached a key labor agreement that is expected to save the institution $1.6-million a year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The agreement with the Department Chair Council, an unusual bargaining unit for faculty leaders, reduces the number of department chairs to 39 from 61, requires the chairs to work on the campus five days a week, and trims total stipends by $170,000.

John Rizzo, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, said the pact was “very important” and will show the accreditor “that we can make labor agreements, that we’re functional.”

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has criticized the college for devoting too large a share of its annual budget to salaries and benefits, and for an unwieldy governance structure under which 43 separate committees with employee representation advise the Board of Trustees.

The newspaper said Darlene Alioto, president of the Department Chair Council, could not be reached for comment. When a tentative agreement was reached, on April 12, Ms. Alioto called it “very challenging” but said it would “allow us to continue focusing on preserving City College as a critical resource for our students.”

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