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USofCC gives out hand-made valentines with grievances ahead of contract negotiations, Friday Feb. 14.

Staff union hosts ‘Love-in’ rally before negotiations

February 14, 2020

Surrounded by cut-out paper hearts, an assortment of markers and union paraphernalia, the United Staff of Columbia College celebrated Valentine’s Day with an hour-long rally before sitting down with th...

Staff members march in front of 600 S. Michigan Ave., where President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim's office is located, after widespread staff layoffs during the summer.

Staff union negotiations ‘productive’ despite delays

January 15, 2020

The United Staff of Columbia College, the college’s staff union, has been negotiating its contract for more than a year, but the end may be in sight. USofCC President Craig Sigele, who is also an adjunc...

CFAC members see balance in new contract, staff feels left out

CFAC members see balance in new contract, staff feels left out

June 6, 2019

  After nearly two years without a labor contract, the new contract for part-time faculty is described by some as “balanced” for the college and union, but by others as “discriminator...

P-Fac members and students march along the sidewalk outside 600 S. Michigan Ave. Nov. 29 for the first day of the two-day P-Fac strike.

CFAC ratifies labor contract

May 15, 2019

Columbia's part-time faculty union and the administration have signed a labor contract, with 95% of union members voting to ratify the contract, according to CFAC President Diana Vallera. Ratification was co...

The college and part-time faculty union leadership reached a tentative agreement April 17 for a new contract after more than a year without a contract for part-time faculty.

Union members, leadership eager to focus on students following contract agreement

April 19, 2019

Despite the part-time faculty union and the college reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract April 17 after more than a year without one, some union members and students are looking for increased ...

Students and part time faculty protested outside of 600 S. Michigan on day one of a two day strike in December 2017 against the college's decision to raise tuition and unfair contract negotiations.

Some union members feel ‘in the dark,’ others feel administration lacks respect for CFAC

April 16, 2019

With the part-time faculty union prepared to strike amid disagreements with college administration over a new labor contract, some students are upset at the possibility of canceled classes, and some un...

Editor's Note: Kim’s contract extension a defensive act by college officials

Editor’s Note: Kim’s contract extension a defensive act by college officials

October 29, 2018

Eight days after the C-Fac union and OurColumbia coalition called for President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim’s resignation, the Board of Trustees extended his contract through the 2023–2024 academic year. ...

Staff members vote 'yes' Nov. 22 to new contract agreement between the United Staff of Columbia College and Columbia.

Four years in the making: staff says ‘yes’ to new contract

November 28, 2016

After nearly four years of negotiations that left Columbia’s union feeling underappreciated, the college and United Staff of Columbia College have come to a contract agreement, which will now take effect following its Nov. 22 ratification vote.  US of CC, the college’s staff un...

Members of the United Staff of Columbia College picketed outside an Oct. 18 bargaining meeting, held at the 624 S. Michigan Ave. Building, to raise awareness about their lack of a contract.

Staff members picket to stop ‘stonewalling’ contract agreement

October 24, 2016

Holding signs that read “We are more than one percent!” and “Quit stonewalling,” members of the United Staff of Columbia College picketed the Library’s fifth floor as members of the bargaini...

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Real Friends captures different vocal sounds for new album

April 29, 2016

Real Friends, Tinley Park, Illinois’ very own band of "sad boys," quickly grew into one of pop-punk’s most noteworthy acts after forming in 2010. The band became known for its honest, relatable lyrics...

Keri Walters, assistant provost of Academic Services, said students should talk to their instructors if they have questions about their progress after receiving the reports. 

New progress reports, financial aid policies aim to motivate student success

September 8, 2015

Changes in monitoring student attendance and evaluating academic progress for the 2015–2016 academic year are being introduced to flag at-risk students earlier in the semester. According to Ker...

US of CC members gathered outside the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building on May 6 to pass out informational flyers and ask students to write about the impact the college’s staff has had on their education. 

US of CC in negotiations for new contract

May 11, 2015

Members of the United Staff of Columbia College, the college’s staff union, assembled outside of the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building on May 6 and passed out pizza slices to passersby, sending the messag...

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