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Columbia, CA — With a two day strike looming next week at Columbia College and Modesto Junior College, the Yosemite Community College District is hoping members of its Yosemite Faculty Administration will reconsider.

We reported about the strike, scheduled for November 27-28, in an earlier story that can be found here. YCCD has put out a statement citing media reports indicating that the YFA’s demands would represent a salary increase of around 22-percent.

The statement sent by YCCD reads, “The YFA’s demands would leave the District financially unstable. Such an exorbitant salary increase to one bargaining unit also would be inconsistent and unfair to non-YFA employees who have settled for lower amounts….The District’s last best final offer in April put forth a 6% salary increase, comprised of a 2% increase in 2017-18 and a 4% increase in 2018-19. This offer also contains a salary schedule compression that would allow faculty members to attain higher salaries with fewer years of teaching service. Also, the issue of appropriate class size has been referred back to the faculty and administration’s class committee for further review and discussion regarding a collaborative solution.”

We’ll pass along more information as it becomes available ahead of next week’s planned strike. YCCD has stated that it is developing a contingency plan to still hold classes, but YFA members have questioned whether that is possible, mathematically and logistically.