Things You Should Know: OFF Call-Mail List

Dear USofCC Member,

Thank you for contacting me about communications from the Union. If you wish to discontinue unwanted mail, please notify Nicole Gerberding of Membership Processing, in writing, to:

Illinois Education Association Attention, Nicole Gerberding

100 E. Edwards St.,

Springfield, IL 62704-1999

The levels which can be stopped are:

  1. All mail All Phone Calls All Mailings All Emails NEA Government Relations Communication
  2. Only NEA mail
  3. Only IEA mail
  4. Only NEA Member Benefits Mail (Ads and Promotions)

Please include your name and address, your local (United Staff of Columbia College) and indicate which levels of contact you want stopped.

You may also send this request to Nicole via email at You can keep up with Union news via the USofCC’s website,

Craig Sigele

USofCC President


Things You Should Know: Overtime

It is our experience that education employees often work extra hours without being properly compensated. The fact is that many employees and their supervisors are not familiar with federal and state laws governing overtime.

  • An employer can require you to work overtime.
  • All overtime work must be compensated.
  • After 40 hours in a given workweek, you must receive 1.5 times the regular rate of compensation for each additional hour.
  • Paid lunches may count towards calculating a 40-hour week.
  • Compensatory time is provided at 1.5 times the hours worked after 40 hours.
  • Upon severance, you must be paid for all unused compensatory time.

Here are a few examples of situations that constitute approved overtime.

  • Your supervisor gives you formal approval to work overtime.
  • Your supervisor asks you to continue working after hours as a favor but says he/she does not have the authority to approve overtime.
  • Your supervisor knows that you are working and does not stop you.
  • Your supervisor is not available but you work extra hours due to a work-related situation that you are expected to handle.

When is extra work not compensated?

  • You are reprimanded, suspended or fired for insubordination because you refused to obey a direct order by your supervisor to stop working.
  • You are an exempt employee not covered by overtime. Examples are
    teachers, doctors, actors, entertainers, lawyers, independent contractors and certain professionals.

At Columbia College, virtually all of the staff that USofCC seeks to represent for collective bargaining are covered by these overtime rules and, therefore, should be compensated for all extra work.


  • Keep an accurate daily record of all hours worked for a month. If you work more than 40 hours in any month without receiving overtime pay please contact us. You may be eligible for reimbursement for lost wages if you have reliable records for overtime worked in the past.


Contact USofCC if you have questions or concerns regarding the overtime policy.

Updates: Letter from the President

As of August 16th, I will be stepping down from the position of President. This move was not necessarily anticipated or planned, but it is that after 17 years at Columbia’s academic support center I have been promoted out of the union as the new Director of the Learning Studio. In many ways this is fortunate news, and I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the department that I have been dedicated to for so long. But of course, in other ways, I am sorrowful to be shifting away from this post that I am honored to have been elected to by the membership.

There is much continued work to accomplish for our incredible union. We have only grown more organized and strong over time, and your voices and actions have made all the difference toward our gains. Please keep up this tremendous momentum with your contributions. Please consider stepping forward to assist in shaping the future of the United Staff of Columbia College. Your willingness to help lead is essential to our continued successes.

Thank you all for your support and friendship in this endeavor. We will be colleagues and friends going forward no less.

Go forth and conquer,