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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...

P-Fac seeks injunction to enforce arbitration award

P-Fac seeks injunction to enforce arbitration award

February 20, 2017

A Feb. 6 federal court motion filed by Columbia’s part-time faculty union asks for a preliminary injunction requiring the college to comply with compensation awarded in a Jan. 11 arbitration ruling. The arbitration, which decided the union’s collective bargaining agreement preve...

Seventh Circuit Court decision limits P-Fac bargaining rights

Seventh Circuit Court decision limits P-Fac bargaining rights

February 13, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision Feb. 2 limiting post-contract bargaining rights for Columbia’s part-time faculty union and ordering other decisions back to the National Labor Relations Board for review. The decision was issued after Columbia sou...

New P-fac arbitration takes back staff’s classes

New P-fac arbitration takes back staff’s classes

February 6, 2017

A recent arbitration ruling directs Columbia to no longer assign teaching hours to full-time staff members and to pay sizable damages to adjuncts who lost courses to these staffers in the past academic year, according to a Jan. 25 email sent from the Part-time Faculty Association of...

Part-time faculty vote to join new parent union

Part-time faculty vote to join new parent union

December 5, 2016

Clapping and laughing could be heard outside of a classroom in the 624 S. Michigan Ave. Building as members of Columbia’s part-time faculty union counted affiliation votes to join the Service Employees International Union. With 213 votes in favor and 8 votes against, union members...

Fashion Studies report spurs P-Fac controversy

Fashion Studies report spurs P-Fac controversy

November 8, 2016

A Fashion Studies Department internal review report sparked anger within the college’s part-time faculty union because of comments noting that the majority of the department is white women older than 50, and that its collective bargaining agreement ignores teaching credentials a...

Labor board rules in favor of staff who teach, P-Fac appeals

Labor board rules in favor of staff who teach, P-Fac appeals

September 19, 2016

The approximately 55 full-time staff members who teach part-time cannot be denied representation by the college’s part-time faculty union, according to an Aug. 30 ruling by the National Labor Relati...

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