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The 2015-2016 Fashion Studies internal review included comments about the department’s demographics and the collective bargaining agreement.  

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...

After a 12-day hearing, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that full-time staff who teach part-time are to be represented by the existing bargaining unit, the college’s part-time faculty union.

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...

Part-time faculty union President Diana Vallera enters the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., May 18 for an ongoing National Labor Relations Board hearing regarding full-time staff members' eligibility to teach courses and have union representation.

P-Fac members, more college witnesses take stand in NLRB hearing

June 6, 2016

Following the testimony of full-time staff, members of the college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, and other college employees were called as witnesses in a National Labor Relations Board hearing re...

Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and part-time faculty union president, said the college needs to better compensate its adjunct faculty in light of a study conducted by Graff, Ballauer & Blanski, a local public accounting firm, on behalf of P-Fac.

P-Fac calls for improved budget transparency from administration

April 25, 2016

A study commissioned by P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union, found only 13 percent of funding for all salaries and wages at the college goes to adjunct faculty, who teach 48 percent of the col...

The Part-Time Faculty Union led by Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and P-Fac president, won its case March 24.

P-Fac wins years-long case against college

April 11, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the college’s Part-Time Faculty Union in a dispute over whether the college was within its rights to cut the number of credit hours taught by...

Diana Vallera, an adjunct professor in the Photography Department and president of P-Fac, discussed concerns about the college at the Strategic Planning Steering Committee’s final meeting on April 20, 2015. 

P-Fac’s 13 labor law allegations passed back to college

February 29, 2016

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, filed 13 labor law disputes that the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board deferred for settlement by the contractual grievance and arbitratio...

Tanya Harasym and Clint Vaupel, full-time staff members who teach, stand in support of about 55 others seeking representation from P-Fac.

Full-time staff and P-Fac disagree on union inclusion

November 23, 2015

Full-time staff members who teach at the college are calling for representation by Columbia’s part-time faculty union but are facing pushback from members of the adjunct union’s steering committee, accordi...

Two lawsuits in two weeks: P-Fac files  federal complaints against college

Two lawsuits in two weeks: P-Fac files federal complaints against college

November 2, 2015

P-Fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, filed a federal lawsuit against the college Oct. 21—the union’s second filing within a two week period.                  The union’s latest s...

P-Fac files federal lawsuit against college

By Campus Editor

October 26, 2015

Columbia’s part-time faculty union has filed a federal lawsuit against the college alleging it breached its contractual duty by refusing to arbitrate grievances brought on behalf of former adjunct professor Mary Seyfarth and current adjunct professor Iymen Chehade.In the complaint, filed Oct. 9 by P-Fac’s attorneys from Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd., the union alleges the college violated its former and current con...

No tact in P-Fac’s no confidence vote

By Editorial Board

October 5, 2015

The results of a vote of no confidence in the current administration, approved by 85 percent of the college’s part-time faculty union was announced on Sept. 25, as reported in the Front Page story. A vote of no confidence demonstrates that P-Fac no longer finds the administration and the Board of Trustees suitable to govern the college.Voting, which initially opened June 24, was extended twice during the summer to include non...

P-Fac: ‘No confidence’ in college administration

vote of no confidence

By CAMPUS REPORTER

October 5, 2015

Columbia’s Part-Time Faculty organization overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim and his administration, according to a Sept. 30 P-Fac press release provided by Nancy Trav...

P-Fac labor audit exposes violations

P-Fac labor audit exposes violations

September 8, 2015

P-fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has undertaken measures to restructure its expense reporting following a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor that found nearly 20 violations of recordkeeping, reporting and other fin...

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