USofCC update April 12, 2016


Update on Negotiations

Based on the 76 responses to the survey about the administration’s last offer (see here for details), the USofCC negotiations team decided to present a counter-proposal for salaries and benefits. The next bargaining session will be Wednesday April 20 at 2pm. Observers are welcome: please RSVP to

Update on the Job Study

We have been told that Mercer’s results are still being reviewed by HR. USofCC has filed an official request to get a copy of Mercer’s results, as well as information on the total amount of money paid to Mercer by the College.

In the meantime, we need to start doing our own research on market salaries, so we are armed with information once we start bargaining over the salary ranges for job categories that have bargaining unit positions. Please let Kevin Rechner know if you are interested in being on a Salary Research Committee:

Next Contract Support Team Meeting

In the survey, many of you said you were willing to talk to colleagues, students and faculty about staff’s concerns. Let’s do that together. The next Contract Support Team meeting will focus on actions this spring to increase the union’s visibility and power so we can get a fair contract, completed job study done, equitable salaries, and respect.

Tuesday April 19
600 S. Michigan, Room 401

Next General Membership Meeting

Save the date for the next general membership meeting:

Thursday April 28
12:00 noon – 1pm
600 S. Michigan, Room 401
Lunch will be served. RSVP to

Upcoming USofCC Elections

Elections for all USofCC Executive Committee positions will be held this summer. For the first time, we will also be holding elections for Association Reps (representatives for each building and large department). This is a great opportunity to serve your fellow staff, make things better, and build your leadership skills. Be on the lookout for an information session and nominations materials.

Proposed Change to USofCC By-Laws

The USofCC by-laws (see here) state that any revisions to the by-laws must be approved by the membership. Please see attached. This change will be voted on at the April 28 membership meeting.

Staff Feedback on Community Engagement

USofCC has been asked for input on the College’s working definition of “community engagement” that has been drafted by the Community Engagement Strategic Planning committee. Please contact Cat Bromels at with any feedback by Friday April 15.

Working Definition of Community Engagement
Columbia College Chicago students, faculty and staff collaborate with various communities in reciprocal partnership with the goal of mutual transformation.  Community partnerships range from college groups, civic and community-based organizations, professional groups, and entrepreneurial initiatives. This experiential learning affords students the opportunity to apply the theories learned in the classroom, reinforce and extend skills, build their portfolios, and participate in multiple forms of knowledge construction. These collaborations also help to sustain diverse forms of socially engaged creative practice, scholarship, advocacy, and activism. By actively creating and fostering relationships with communities, students develop the ability to engage respectfully and with cultural sensitivity, examine current and historically relevant challenges, and act as agents of change through academically-supported means. These reciprocal relationships seek to inspire lifelong engagement in students and improve the community.

One More Opportunity to Get Involved

Like numbers, research, and the thrill of a detective hunt? Help the union to analyze and crunch some data: the college’s last audit, for example. If you have these skills and interests, contact


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