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Columbia College Chicago Faculty Union

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CFAC, Local 6602, IFT-AFT/AFL-CIO

CFAC News & Updates

To view the new contract, click HERE!

The Constitution of the Faculty Union can be found HERE!

October 17, 2019

We proudly stand with our sisters and brothers

at the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73

Dear CFAC member,

Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 will be on strike today, October 17, 2019

Today our brothers and sisters at CTU and SEU are on strike. Your Union leadership has been in meetings with union organizers across the city and in support. We are ready.

A harm to one is a harm to all

When CFAC went on strike or held rally’s our allies came in large numbers to support us. CTU President, Jesse Sharkey was at all our events along with many others union leaders, community organizations and faith-based communities. Robert Bloch, CFAC attorney represents CTU at their bargaining table. Our Union allies came out in support. It is now our turn to support them. We are asking everyone to attend the rally today. Get informed. There are many ways to help.

“We proudly stand with our sisters and brothers at the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 as they fight for equity and justice for themselves, their students and a Chicago that works for all of us. Mayor Lightfoot has an opportunity to prioritize parks and public education by putting class size caps and proper staffing of school librarians, nurses, social workers, clinicians and counselors as well as fair pay and benefits for workers in writing. Today, we are red and purple.”

There are many ways we as a union can help. Below are some links to some local schools you can stop by and support your teachers and students. Some of our Pt Faculty teach at CPS and many of our students attended Chicago Public Schools. Our parent union IFT/AFT represents Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). As always, no teacher wants to go on strike. But our educators are fighting for the civil rights of our children and bargaining for the common good for our working-class families—including what our school communities need to create the schools Chicago’s students deserve.

Day 1 rally at 1:30pm

  • Where to Go – Need to find a school to picket? Great there are over 500 of them! Go here to find schools based on address.


In Solidarity,

Steering Committee

Diana Vallera, CFAC President, Photography

Andrea J. Dymond, CFAC Vice President, Theatre

Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, CFAC Secretary, CTVA

Susan Van Veen, CFAC Treasurer, Business


October 4, 2019

Dear CFAC member,

In preparation of our upcoming elections, we are asking all members to send us their current mailing address to info@pfac.org.

In Solidarity,

Steering Committee

Diana Vallera, CFAC President, Photography

Andrea J. Dymond, CFAC Vice President, Theatre

Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, CFAC Secretary, CTVA

Susan Van Veen, CFAC Treasurer, Business

Luis Contreras, CFAC Membership Chair, IAM

CC Cynthia McDaniel, McDaniel.Cynthia@dol.gov

Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Labor-Management Standards.

CFAC stands in solidarity with CTU, SEIU, and UAW

Read below on ways we can help


Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to join CTU, SEIU at rally for fair contracts for Chicago workers


CTU, SEIU Local 73 will be joined by UAW strikers, SEIU HCIL Mt. Sinai health workers, suburban teachers, grassroots groups to call for fair contracts that support the common good.

CHICAGO—U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will join the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 at a rally to support the struggle for equity and educational justice for CPS students and the workers who serve them. The rally will be held at 7PM on Tuesday, September 24, at the CTU's Jackie Vaughn Hall, 1901 W. Carroll St. on Chicago's West Side.

CTU members are voting next week to authorize a strike. Local 73 members have already voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against CPS

For more information, please visit the CTU website at www.ctulocal1.org.

The CTU and SEIU Local 73 are holding a Community Art Build to produce materials to help with public education around our contract campaigns! We are calling on teachers, students, allies in public education and beyond to create images to be used in the struggle to defend and promote public schools. All the images people create will be displayed and some used on banners, drop banners, parachute banners, screen printed posters and screen-printed picket signs.

The Art Build will take place at CTU HQ (1901 W. Carroll Ave.) in early October on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-10 p.m.,

Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Illinois Federation of Teachers Welcomes Columbia Faculty Union to Its Membership 


Chicago -- Today by a majority vote, the Columbia Faculty Union (CFAC) voted to join the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT). 

“CFAC is proud to be joining with IFT/AFT, AFL-CIO at this time; in this historical moment. When labor is under attack and the very foundations of education are threatened, we need to unify in order to secure fair wages, fair working conditions and ensure that critical thinking and quality education guide our work,” said Diana Vallera, CFAC President. “Our unions share the principles and practice of standing up, including on the picket line. Together our principles are stronger, our voices louder, and our power undeniable.”

Columbia Faculty Union (CFAC), is the union representing the interests of contingent faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Contingent faculty teach a majority of classes at Columbia and are deeply committed to the quality of students’ education. They bring professional expertise into the classroom; many are high achievers in media arts, fine arts, arts management, and other fields. Columbia was founded as a college where part-time faculty would be honored for their dedication to their students and their professions.

“As a high school English teacher, I saw many of my students go to Columbia College, where they studied with leading artists and practitioners in their respective fields. I’m thrilled that these faculty members have chosen to join our IFT family. We understand the unique needs of contingent faculty, who are fighting powerfully against institutional changes that directly impact their work and their students’ education. Our union’s knowledge and experience in higher education, combined with the collective strength of nearly 103,000 members, makes IFT the right choice for Columbia College Chicago faculty and for every local union seeking support and a strong voice on their campus,” said IFT President Dan Montgomery.

CFAC NEWS | August 27, 2019

Congratulations on voting to affiliate with the IFT/AFT/AFL-CIO.

Fellow CFAC members:

Congratulations on voting to affiliate with the IFT/AFT/AFL-CIO. We have looked at our strengths, assessed our challenges and made the choice to move forward together. In practical and pragmatic terms, we chose to align ourselves with an organization that will allow us access to greater resources – an important choice. But we also made a more invigorating choice with this vote; we dared to embrace the growing power of workers in Higher Education. CFAC members chose to stand in closer solidarity with colleagues across the state and across the nation, in a shared fight to protect quality education for our students and quality working environments for educators.

A union is only as strong as its members and - once again - CFAC members showed our union’s strength and made their voices heard. 57% of those eligible voted. 76% were in favor of affiliation.

We thank you for your participation and we look forward to our future, standing side by side with our 130,000 IFT members in Illinois alone.

In solidarity,

CFAC SC

Diana Vallera, CFAC President, Photography

Andrea J. Dymond, CFAC Vice President, Theatre

Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, CFAC Secretary, CTVA

Susan VanVeen, CFAC Treasurer, Business

Luis Contreras, CFAC Membership Chair, IAM

info@pfac.org

CFAC STEERING COMMITTEE

CFAC Columbia Faculty Union | 6oo S Michigan Ave rm 1309B, 312-369-7485, Chicago, IL 60605

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CFAC Contract Update – 5/15/2019

The contract has been ratified and signed. 95% yes vote!

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