Information on the Part-time Faculty Contract

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Latest Updates–April 18, 2019

For additional information, visit the CFAC Negotiations FAQ page.

Negotiations have been ongoing for more than a year. Columbia’s negotiating team has met more than 20 times with CFAC during regularly scheduled sessions. Columbia has always been in favor of a swift and amicable resolution and continues to advocate for federal mediation.

Below is a list of the most recent actions and key dates.

Message to Faculty and Staff

CFAC and College Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract–April 17, 2019
We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a collective bargaining agreement between Columbia College Chicago and the Columbia Faculty Union. Like all such agreements, it has taken compromises and good faith by both sides to arrive at this moment. READ MORE

Message to Part-time Faculty Union

Update on Part-time Faculty Bargaining–November 30, 2018
The part-time union leadership announced today on a radio program on WLPN-FM 105.5 its intent to strike in the third or fourth week of the Spring semester. Given the developments at the November 27, 2018, bargaining session between the college and the union, we find the union’s indication regrettable. READ MORE

Message to Faculty and Staff

Update on Part-time Faculty Bargaining–November 19, 2018
November 16, 2018: In Friday’s bargaining session the college discussed several of the Union’s new proposed provisions in order to better understand them. Those proposals were made November 9 with the Union’s first comprehensive counteroffer. READ MORE

Message to Faculty and Staff

Bargaining Update–November 8, 2018
The union leadership is threatening a strike. This is a disappointing development for us, since the union’s leadership has not yet responded to our latest economic proposal (made on October 5, 2018), and continues to reject our requests for federal mediation. READ MORE

Message to Faculty and Staff

Message from Dr. Kim–October 11, 2018
I am writing to clarify several issues raised by our part-time faculty union, CFAC. Until this fall, CFAC was known as PFAC. While the new acronym stands for Columbia College Chicago Faculty Union, CFAC still only represents part-time faculty at the college and continues to be led by its president, Diana Vallera, a part-time faculty member in the Photography department.

The college respects the collective bargaining process, and I remain deeply committed to the Columbia model under which our part-time faculty are practitioners successfully engaged in their professional line of work (a characteristic that also applies to our full-time faculty). Our part-time faculty colleagues are an essential and valued part of our college, and our bargaining proposals have been intended to demonstrate that. READ MORE