USofCC Update March 28, 2016


Update on Negotiations

At the last bargaining session on Wednesday March 16, the administration made a counter-offer on salaries and benefits consisting of:

  • 2% salary increase for all full-time AND part-time staff in the bargaining unit, retroactive to February 1, 2016;
  • 1% salary increase for all full-time and part-time staff for Year 2 of the contract, 2016-2017, effective September 1, 2016;
  • No increases to health benefits costs for employees in calendar year 2017;
  • Re-opener (back to negotiations) on both salaries and benefits for Year 3 of the contract, 2017-2018.

What does that mean? The median salary for positions in the bargaining unit is $45,000. So half of us will get a raise of $900/year or less; that’s $37.50 per paycheck, minus taxes. The additional 1% in September is an additional $450/year (or less); that’s $18.75/paycheck, minus taxes.

Given that our initial proposal to the administration was 5% per year, the bargaining team feels like we have an obligation to keep fighting. But, we want to know how you feel. Fill out our short survey here to respond.

Contract Support Team

To contribute your ideas and help with actions to push bargaining forward, come to the next Contract Support Team meeting on Friday April 8 at 12:30. RSVP to

Giving the College Ideas

As the people on the ground, staff members know a lot about where the money goes. We probably have ideas about where it should go, and where it could be saved. Let’s give the college some ideas. Please take a minute to fill out a survey to provide the administration with ideas for cost savings and revenue generation. The intention of this survey is to–

  • Show administration that staff is creative, capable, and invested in the success of Columbia College Chicago;
  • Show administration that staff understands the fiscal reality and challenges in higher education and wants to be part of the solutionl
  • Show administration that we have a unique understanding of revenue generating techniques because of our staff roles.

Fill out our survey here by April 15.

Solidarity Action

The Chicago Teachers Union has called for a one-day strike of Chicago Public Schools teachers on Friday April 1. In solidarity, USofCC will gather anyone who would like to support the CTU by attending the rally that afternoon: meet at 4pm in front of 600 S. Michigan and look for Joan McGrath. If you want to join the group later, contact Joan at

Upcoming USofCC Elections

There will be elections in early summer for all USofCC Executive Committee positions, as well as new building rep positions. Please consider running for office – it is a great way to get to know people, build your leadership skills, and provide service to the union. Further announcements about the nomination process will be forthcoming. If you have any questions now about what the positions entail, don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the Executive Committee.

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