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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...

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US of CC continues fight for cost-of-living increase

November 23, 2015

after three years of bargaining with the college, Columbia’s staff union still may not see cost-of-living raises in its upcoming contract, according to statements made by President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim ...

Nick Hoeppner, president of US of CC, said the college is considering the idea of merit-based pay for staff this semester. 

US of CC members oppose merit-based pay system

November 2, 2015

More than 40 members of the United Staff of Columbia College, the college’s staff union, gathered Oct. 28 in the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building to discuss a merit-based pay system which the administr...

Communications gap evident among college administrators

By Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2015

At the start of the academic year, many students are strapped for cash and in need of a campus job that can work around their class schedules. Campus jobs are a staple at every academic institution and provide not only a source of income but are often also educational opportunities housed within the students’ home department.The money from these campus jobs is often used to pay for books, tuition, fees and other expenses that go back...

Residents attended a movie night put on by the Sunnyside Mall Committee over the summer. 

Sunnyside Mall project adds spark to Uptown

September 14, 2015

Some longtime Uptown residents are working to bring unity and culture to one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods.Starting with a “tactical urbanism” installation—the practice of making low...

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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