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P-Fac: ‘No confidence’ in college administration

vote of no confidence


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...

Mark Grba, an investigator from Chicago’s Office of Inspector General (left), Jim Nagle, an adjunct professor in the English Department (middle) and Mark Klein, a P-Fac elections committee chairperson and an adjunct faculty member in the Art + Design Department, (right) returned to the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building with the ballots from the Jan. 21 election.

P-Fac vote spurs union investigation

January 26, 2015

After a month of its leadership campaigning for separation, the Part-Time Faculty union has voted to disaffiliate from its parent union, the Illinois Education Association-National Education Associatio...

P-Fac wrestles administration

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

September 4, 2012

Two major developments in the ongoing battle between P-Fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, and the college administration were announced during summer break.The first was a July 31 National Labor Relations Board ruling that upheld P-Fac allegations of unfair labor practices against the college. The complaint concluded the college refused to bargain collectively about the effects of prioritization and new contracts fo...

P-Fac fight for Vallera

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 4, 2012

P-Fac, Columbia’s part-time faculty union, has alleged in written statements that its president and adjunct faculty member in the Photography Department Diana Vallera is to be disciplined by Columbia for claiming that the General Counsel’s office had her under surveillance.This became the subject of a report Vallera filed with the Evanston police in January 2012.Vallera filed an unfair labor practice suit against the a...

P-Fac threatens complaint

By Lisa Schulz

March 12, 2012

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, is threatening to file an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on grounds that the college has refused to provide bargaining dates to resume negotiations for a labor contract with the administration.The administration offered an extended contract proposal Dec. 19, 2011. P-Fac has not formally responded to the proposal but has been highly critical of ...

P-Fac complaint charges Columbia

By Lisa Schulz

October 17, 2011

In an official complaint issued Sept. 30, the National Labor Relations Board charged Columbia with unfair labor practices against P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union.The complaint alleges the college refused to collectively bargain with the union, specifically mentioning Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, who "threatened that she would no longer meet informally with union represe...

Negotiations with P-Fac make progress

By Lisa Schulz

September 19, 2011

Columbia’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, and representatives of the administration have been negotiating a new contract since March 2010 and are streamlining their teams so that only two members are representing each side to simplify the decision-making process.“Progress is being made in the negotiations,” said Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, who became part of the college’s large...

P-Fac walks the line

By Samuel Charles

April 4, 2011

Columbia and P-Fac, its part-time faculty union, continue to go back and forth, accusing each other of skewing the truth. Last week, the union took to the streets to hold what it described as an “informational” picket line to spread its message to the college community and general public.The picketing was conducted outside the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., beginning at 8:45 a.m. on March 31. The goa...

P-Fac changes legal strategy

By Samuel Charles

March 7, 2011

The college’s part-time faculty union, P-Fac, has taken steps to consolidate its efforts to gain what it calls more equitable treatment of adjuncts from Columbia.But to do so, it has withdrawn one of its unfair labor practice complaints.On Feb. 15, the union withdrew the ULP it filed in January, which alleged that the college was reducing the number of credit hours assigned to long-serving adjunct faculty members.In tha...

P-Fac voters stay the course

By Samuel Charles

December 6, 2010

Members of Columbia’s adjunct faculty union, P-Fac, showed their satisfaction with current contract negotiations by electing members of the negotiations team to the union’s Steering Committee, further demonstrating the rift between opposing factions within the union itself.Both contract negotiations—one regarding the Photography Department’s controversial course-credit reduction, as well as a 1 percent pay raise—...

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