The Contract Has Been Ratified

Download the CONTRACT by clicking here (pdf)

AT THE TABLE – What Went On in the Negotiation Process

If you were unable to attend the March 8 Open House & Meeting, don’t despair.
Watch for opportunities to learn more about the staff association coming soon.


February 7, 2010

Draft of the Contract is here.

Download the CONTRACT by clicking here (pdf).

On November 12, 2009, the United Staff of Columbia College (USofCC) and Columbia College Chicago (College) concluded three years of negotiations on issues related to your wages, benefits and working conditions.  On December 10, 2009 the College Board voted to ratify this collective bargaining agreement.

The tentative agreement is available for you to review HERE.   Carefully, read the contract and please, attend one of the ratification meetings that are being held around the campus.  These meetings will allow you to ask questions and voice your concerns regarding the tentative agreement.

Contract ratification meeting at
12:30 p.m. on
Monday, February 8
Room 401, 600 S. Michigan.

Replacement ballots for those who notified us of a problem have been mailed.

Ballots must be received in the IEA Offices by the close of business on February 10.


January 29, 2010

Draft of the Contract is here.

Download the CONTRACT by clicking here (pdf).

On November 12, 2009, the United Staff of Columbia College (USofCC) and Columbia College Chicago (College) concluded three years of negotiations on issues related to your wages, benefits and working conditions.  On December 10, 2009 the College Board voted to ratify this collective bargaining agreement.

The tentative agreement is available for you to review HERE.   Carefully, read the contract and please, attend one of the ratification meetings that are being held around the campus.  These meetings will allow you to ask questions and voice your concerns regarding the tentative agreement.

Meeting times:

  • Tues, Feb 2 -12:30 to 1:30, 1104 S. Wabash, Room 711
  • Wed Feb 3 -12:30 to 1:30, 623 W. Wabash, Room 600-P
  • Thurs, Feb 4 -12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 623 W. Wabash, Room 218
  • Thurs, Feb 4 -5:30 to 6:30 pm, 600 South Michigan, Room 401
  • Mon, Feb 8 -12:30 to 1:30, 600 South Michigan, Room 401

November 23, 2009

Tentative Agreement Reached

The language of the proposed Contract is currently being formalized.  The staff association will post the proposed Contract on www.usofcc.org as soon as we are legally able.  The contract ratification process timeline will go something like this:

Thursday, December 10: Columbia’s Board of Trustees vote on the proposed Contract.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010:  USofCC volunteers mail ballots, membership forms, and return envelopes to the home addresses of everyone on the USofCC bargaining list. (BRAND NEW Bargaining List at www.usofcc.org.)

January 15, 2010:  Last date your ballot may be postmarked.  Ballots will be tabulated the following week.  Only ballots of eligible staff who have filled out a membership form will be tabulated.

February 1, 2010: Staff association and administration negotiators return to the bargaining table to negotiated 2010 wage increases for part-time and full-time staff.

AND, COMING SOON TO A BUILDING NEAR YOU…

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONTRACT:  TALK TO AN USofCC NEGOTIATOR

12:30 PM ON THE FOLLOWING TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS:

  • DECEMBER 1 – C 404 33 E. Congress
  • DECEMBER 3 – TC 501- 72 E. 11th Street
  • DECEMBER 8 – ACC 401- 600 S. Michigan bldg
  • DECEMBER 10 – S 806- 624 S. Michigan bldg
  • DECEMBER 15 – ACC 401- 600 S. Michigan blg
  • DECEMBER 16th – Theater Blg., 72 E 11th, Rm 615

October 25, 2009  Negotiations Update

The United Staff of Columbia College (USofCC) and the Columbia College Chicago administration resumed negotiations Thursday, October 15.  This is the first negotiations session since July 7th when USofCC called for the assistance of a federal mediator.

First, each side identified the outstanding issues that are not resolved:
USofCC:

  • Fair share
  • benefits and hours for part-time staff

Administration:

  • No strike/No lock out
  • Union leave
  • Grievances regarding the College’s harassment policy
  • Paid time off
  • Separability clause
  • Employment benefits
  • Entire agreement language

The facilitator has created a process that could lead to an agreement in the near future.  The next negotiations session is scheduled for next Thursday at 9 a.m.  A negotiations update will be available after each session.


September 19, 2009

Dear Colleague:

You received an email from Dr. Carter on Wednesday morning.  This email made the staff union out to be unresponsive, lazy, and making outrageous demands.  Specifically, the College alleged that our demand of union release time was what broke negotiations down.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Here is why negotiations broke down:

The College’s negotiations team made verbal and written offers over the remaining items, and then backed away from them.  These items weren’t included in their list of Tentative Agreements they sent to the union.  They changed some of the language in the items we had already agreed to. They included items that we had never agreed to.

That is not good faith bargaining.  We are ready to bargain in good faith and have already offered next Monday night as a date for doing so.

You can see our Tentative Agreements by clicking here.  Take a look for yourself and see what the union has already accomplished.  Also know that for three years we have held the line on our benefits and insurance without a dime in dues dollars being charged.

President Carter made a very specific charge that we are making a demand of 50 days of paid leave for a few union leaders.  This is also not true.  The 50 days of paid leave is to be available to all the union’s members to get training in union advocacy so they can fully participate in the union.  The Administration doesn’t disagree with this concept.  In fact, the concept of Union Leave was proposed by the administration!

The fact that the College President told you this at all violates our agreement made at the beginning of bargaining not to communicate specifics with those who weren’t at the table.  That he did so drives home again that the administration doesn’t really take this process all that seriously.

We also wanted to communicate with you about our successful leafleting Wednesday afternoon.  We were able to talk with many staff, faculty, and students about why working three years without a contract isn’t working for us any longer. We were joined by our colleagues from the Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization (RAFO), the union of City Colleges adjunct faculty (CCCLOC), and our colleagues from PFAC, the adjunct union of Columbia.  We were also joined by members of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) of the University of Illinois Chicago.

We especially want to thank our colleagues in PFAC for joining us.  Here’s why:  Wednesday morning, a top administrator threatened PFAC leaders with “consequences” for participating in Wednesday’s informational leafleting.  The administrator said that since the adjuncts have a “no-strike” clause in their contract that prohibits picketing and a work stoppage, they were breaking that part of the contract and could be fired.

Of course, this is false. We weren’t picketing, and no one is striking or withholding their labor.  PFAC leaders courageously joined us to communicate some very basic facts to the Columbia community.  If Columbia takes any action against them, the IEA will take legal action against Columbia to protect them.

You’ll be getting notification of a series of meetings which will last for only 10 minutes where these matters will be discussed at further length.  And don’t forget to check our website for more information.

Please read these two documents:
1.  What USofCC has Accomplished
2.  USofCC President Mike Bright’s response to Dr. Carter’s email (pdf)

Additional documents that support our side of the story:
3.  Draft copy of the mutually agreed upon contract provisions (Tentative Agreements) (pdf)
4.  Copies of the complete correspondence (w/o attachments) between USofCC and the administration (pdf)

Thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The United Staff of Columbia College Negotiating Team:

Linda Naslund, Administrative Assistant Fiction Writing
John Murray, Assistant to the Chair, Science & Math
Oscar Valdez, Administrative Assistant Humanities, History, and  Social Sciences
Mike Bright, Administrative Assistant, Film & Video
Bryant Warren, IEA / NEA Organizer

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