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Diana Vallera, President of the Part-Time Faculty Union, facilitates the collaborative conersation between Columbia students and faculty at the Save Columbia forum Nov. 2 in the 8th floor lounge of 600 S. Michigan Ave.

Illinois coalition of faculty and staff demand remote college instruction for fall

July 24, 2020

Unionized faculty and staff from various public and private Illinois colleges and universities throughout the state—including Columbia​'s part-time faculty union—are demanding an entirely remo...

Columbia part-time faculty union president Diana Vallera.

Part-time faculty to receive additional payment for online transition; college to limit ‘surveillance’ of instructors

April 14, 2020

Part-time faculty will receive an additional week of compensation for their work in transitioning courses online during Columbia's three-week "pause." The union representing part-time faculty member...

Chronicle Headlines: CFAC's Steering Committee looks ahead

Chronicle Headlines: CFAC’s Steering Committee looks ahead

February 5, 2020

In December, more than half of part-time faculty union members who voted reelected the incumbent slate after a contentious election. The re-elected slate, Standing United, includes: President Dian...

Pushing forward: Campus leaders reflect on college's strengths, missteps and the future

Pushing forward: Campus leaders reflect on college’s strengths, missteps and the future

January 27, 2020

When Columbia was founded in 1890—at the time, called the Columbia School of Oratory—it was by two radical, progressive women named Mary A. Blood and Ida Morey Riley. The idea it was founded on was...

Editor's Note: Don’t leave us out when you envision Columbia’s future

Editor’s Note: Don’t leave us out when you envision Columbia’s future

January 26, 2020

As the new decade begins at Columbia, it is the perfect time for students and staffers alike to look back on how far the college has come and where it  can go in the next 10 years. As administrators...

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor count ballots for the CFAC election in the CTU Headquarters, 1901 W Carroll Ave, Monday, Dec. 9.

Standing United slate maintains hold of CFAC leadership positions

December 9, 2019

Updated 12/10/19 at 2:22 p.m. with comment from the Standing United slate and official results from the Department of Labor.   After weeks of contentious campaigning in an election overseen by t...

Part two: CFAC candidates on the future of the union

Part two: CFAC candidates on the future of the union

December 2, 2019

Editor's Note: This is part two of a three-part series introducing the part-time faculty members running for leadership positions for CFAC in the December election. Part one addresses the candidates' journeys to teaching at Columbia; part three will address all...

(From left on couch) Derek Fawcett and Christopher Thale are two of four members running on an opposition slate called Reform CFAC for the December union elections.

Reform CFAC slate addresses concerns from union members: dues, officer compensation, transparency

November 27, 2019

The first thing Derek Fawcett will do if he is elected president of the Columbia part-time faculty union in December is release the union’s financial books to demonstrate how much debt the union is ...

Part One: CFAC candidates on teaching at Columbia

Part One: CFAC candidates on teaching at Columbia

November 27, 2019

Editor's Note: This is part one of a three-part series introducing the part-time faculty members running for leadership positions for CFAC in the December election. Part two will address the candidates' ideas for the union, if elected; part three will address alle...

CFAC votes to affiliate with Illinois Federation of Teachers

CFAC votes to affiliate with Illinois Federation of Teachers

August 28, 2019

Columbia's part-time teachers union has voted in favor of affiliating with the Illinois Federation of Teachers—the same union that includes the Chicago Teachers Union—it was announced Wednesday...

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 ...

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