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P-Fac rallies before bargaining session

P-Fac rallies before bargaining session

April 27, 2018

The part-time faculty union held a rally April 27, joined by students and faculty, to protest contract bargaining issues including adjuncts losing classes, rising tuition and curriculum changes. T...

P-Fac strikes, back to bargaining

P-Fac strikes, back to bargaining

December 4, 2017

In the midst of bargaining over a new union contract, part-time faculty union members, joined by students, protested what they called “bad faith bargaining,” unfair labor practices and other col...

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

Do students know what they’re picketing for?

December 4, 2017

Though I support the right to lawfully and peacefully protest what groups believe are injustices, as a student, I cannot place my full support behind the Nov. 29–30 part-time faculty union walk-out and strike. During my time at Columbia, I have had many classes taught by adjunct ...

Students impacted by P-Fac strike

Students impacted by P-Fac strike

December 4, 2017

A large number of students missed class time during a two-day strike held Nov. 29–30 by the college’s part-time faculty union, as reported on the Front Page. Senior theatre major Genesis Castillo said she supports P-Fac but...

Is a P-Fac strike really the right move?

Is a P-Fac strike really the right move?

November 27, 2017

Columbia’s part-time faculty union is planning a walk-out as I write this. P-Fac members in good standing voted Nov. 20–21 whether to strike, and by the time this paper hits stands Nov. 27, the results will be in. Students like m...

P-Fac plans strike, final votes to be cast

P-Fac plans strike, final votes to be cast

November 21, 2017

Columbia’s part-time faculty union will vote for a two-day strike in response to union claims of bad faith bargaining from the college and economic pressures. P-Fac members will vote to strike during three different membership meetings this week in different locations throughou...

P-Fac fears losing jobs over new qualification

P-Fac fears losing jobs over new qualification

November 13, 2017

About 20 adjunct professors were not assigned classes for the Spring 2018 Semester because they failed to provide information proving them qualified to teach under Higher Learning Commission guidelines, which the part-time faculty union claims violates its contract. HLC guide...

Save Columbia resurrected to create student, P-Fac coalition

Save Columbia resurrected to create student, P-Fac coalition

November 6, 2017

Columbia’s Part-Time Faculty union and some students plan to build a coalition called Our Columbia to protest the rising cost of tuition, decrease in student resources and the changes to departments. The possibility of a P-Fac strike also looms if issues are not resolved. Durin...

P-Fac files Unfair Labor Practice alleging contract violation

P-Fac files Unfair Labor Practice alleging contract violation

October 2, 2017

Columbia’s part-time faculty union filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the National Labor Relations Board against the college Aug. 22 for allegedly denying adjunct professors the opportunity to teach courses in the college’s online learning initiative, Columbia College Chicago O...

Tipping the scale: Adjuncts accuse administration of demanding ‘unethical’ grade changes

Tipping the scale: Adjuncts accuse administration of demanding ‘unethical’ grade changes

April 10, 2017

After a student missed 10 of the 15 class sessions for a course, adjunct professor in the Creative Writing Department Marcia Brenner gave the student a failing grade. Soon after, she said college administrators asked her to change the grade to a pass. The college’s faculty manual ...

Motion to Stay in P-Fac case denied, case continues normally

Motion to Stay in P-Fac case denied, case continues normally

April 3, 2017

A motion from National Labor Relations Board to delay an ongoing case between Columbia and its part-time faculty union was denied March 15 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of I...

College, P-Fac case could near decision point

College, P-Fac case could near decision point

February 27, 2017

The Part-time faculty union’s continuing conflict over whether or not full-time staff can teach has moved into a more intense legal struggle. While the union has taken the conflict to federal court in January to enforce an arbitration and avoid a National Labor Relations Board deci...

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