New Union Contract Helps Laid-off CCAP Staff

Did you see the e-mail? Early in April, the Provost announced that reorganizing and restructuring within the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) would result in the loss of staff positions. Eight of those positions are part of the USofCC bargaining unit.

Tragic as this is for those CCAP staff members, there is a silver lining. In the contract recently negotiated between USofCC and Columbia College, certain modifications were agreed upon that provide valuable benefits for the laid-off CCAP employees.

Per the new contract–If a department or job is eliminated, an Association member must receive a 90-day notice in writing of the termination of employment. After the last day of employment, the member will receive two-weeks of regular pay. During the 90-day notice period, the member may take up to 12 paid days to attend job interviews.

We are saddened to see our colleagues depart. They have worked diligently and creatively to enhance and expand children’s learning through arts integration. Columbia and Chicago schools will miss them. But we take satisfaction that the provisions of our new contract give them the dignity of a structured process and the time and opportunity to find other venues for their talents.

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