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

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...

Budget cannot soldier through renovation

March 17, 2014

Chicago’s finances are in dire straits, but even in the face of the looming budget shortfall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dreaming up expensive renovations for Soldier Field. Clearly, the reality of Chicago’s fiscal difficulties has not hit him hard enough.Emanuel said in a press briefing following the March 5 City Council meeting that he wants to draft a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field in an attempt to host the Super B...

Frequency of attack ads more impactful than message

By Kyle Rich

November 5, 2012

Political advertisements can be a powerful weapon for embattled candidates. Some attack policy, while others are more personal. But a new study suggests that it isn’t the content of negative political ads that make them effective but the waythey’re presented.Juliana Fernandes, an assistant professor at the University of Miami in Florida who specializes in political communication, supervised the study, which will be pub...

US of CC votes on raises, contract extension, negotiations

By Alexandra Kukulka

September 23, 2012

The United Staff of Columbia College voted Sept. 18 on a Memorandum of Understanding to accept a temporary agreement with the administration.The directive stated that the US of CC will receive a 3 percent salary increase, retroactive to Sept. 1, and a contract extension of one year until Sept. 1, 2013. The union accepted the offers with a majority vote, according to Michael Bright, US of CC president and a staff member in the ...

No results yet from three-day NLRB trial

By Lisa Schulz

February 20, 2012

After two years of contract negotiation between Columbia and its part-time faculty union, a trial to resolve alleged unfair practices has again resulted in a waiting game.The three-day public trial was held Feb. 6–9 by the National Labor Relations Board at 209 S. LaSalle St. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Robert Ringler, an administrative law judge, said a verdict is expected later.Annice Kelly, vice president of Legal Affairs and Ge...

P-Fac complaint charges Columbia

By Lisa Schulz

October 16, 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...

Smith visits, speaks volumes

By BenitaZepeda

December 6, 2010

By Stephanie Saviola and Benita ZepedaWhen Patti Smith started performing rock n’ roll, she never wanted to be a singer. She didn’t know anything about microphones and couldn’t play any instruments. She just wanted to “stir things up.”Today, many know her as a renowned poet, musician, activist and the “godmother of punk.” Perhaps the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe knew Smith best and saw her exactly as she is—an artist.Columbia welcomed her to campus on ...

Negotiations conclude between union, administration

By LauraNalin

November 30, 2009

The United Staff of Columbia College settled with the college’s administration on Nov. 12 after three years of contract negotiations.  Since Nov. 1, 2006, the union had been attempting to finalize its first contract dealing with wages, hours and working conditions with the administration.As previously reported by The Chronicle on Sept. 28, members of the US of CC had been negotiating staff hours and working conditions, a...

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