SF college uses ‘trombone clause’ to cut pay

City College of San Francisco is cutting faculty and staff salaries without negotiations to save $5 million, citing what’s known as the Trombone Clause, reports NBC News.

“The Trombone Clause says that in good times, when we have good budgets from the state and better economics, we can share that largess with our employees,” said Larry Kamer, spokesperson for CCSF. “But it retracts in bad times, which is where we are now.”

The American Federation of Teachers argues conditions haven’t been met to trigger the trombone.

City College has until March 15 to prove its financial viability to the Accreditation Commission, which criticized CCSF’s pay structure.