SUPPORT COLUMBIA COLLEGE STAFF:
–> Sign our petition here: PETITION
–> Tweet or Instagram a photo of yourself with COLA cans: use hashtag #staffcola
United Staff of Columbia College (USofCC), which represents non-management full-time and part-time staff at Columbia College Chicago, is fighting for an annual 5% Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) salary increase in their next contract with the college.
Over the past 6 years, the cost of living in Chicago has gone up 14%, while the college has given staff salary increases that amount to only 5%. This gap has hurt staff tremendously (testimonial). The cost of rent, utilities, food, and other necessities continues to rise every year, but salaries have not kept pace. This effectively amounts to a salary cut every year.
Over one-third of all USofCC bargaining unit staff make $40,000 or less a year. Over the past 6 years, a staff member making $40,000/year has effectively lost $15,000 in wages due to the lack of COLA increases.
Columbia staff care deeply about the college and its students. Staff members contribute every day to the learning and well-being of Columbia students. Staff members are committed to performing their jobs with excellence, often without recognition. Without staff, the college literally would not function.
We need to value this precious human capital – the vast store of knowledge, expertise, and dedication – embodied by Columbia staff.
Staff not only need and deserve COLA, it’s the right thing to do. COLA needs to be built in to the college budget as a standard operating cost. It’s simply the cost of doing business.
While the cost of living has gone up between 1.5% and 3% a year over the last several years, USofCC is demanding an annual 5% COLA for the next three years of the contract in order to “catch up” for all the years that staff has gone without.
Sign a petition to Columbia College CFO Michelle Gates to do the right thing and approve an annual 5% cost-of-living salary increase NOW. Sign HERE.